vol. 9, num. 20 :: 2010.11.05 — 2010.11.18
“Life is all about...” We can complete that sentence many ways. Some would say it’s all about learning how to die -- how to let go of ourselves, how to trust what happens next, how to live a life we feel okay leaving behind. How have you come to understand your legacy?
Life, confession and memory in the endless moment of illness.
Putting the search for direction in the context of death.
On the hope of carving out a path that leads home.
Finding hope in the middle of grieving an unexpected loss.
An uneasy legacy tied together with the thread of a shared name.
On shaping a life that will honor the memory and the suffering of those who have gone before.
Over a monthly meal, a friendship and a lifetime influence is cultivated.
A memorial for a mother who had a passion for broken things.
Reflecting on privilege and the manageability of death by natural or unnatural causes.
Archbiship Romero’s legacy survives in El Salvador.
Teasing out the legacy of a 1951 hospital mix-up, forty years later.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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