All entries for January 2006
January 29, 2006
Bruce Lee inspired a generation in the way only those who live short lives can. The tragedy of his death and his accomplishments in life would provide him an undying epilogue in the minds of those who admired him, many only posthumously.
What is more important? Life or Legacy?
Six billion people now inhabit the thin surface of an interstellar body we call earth. Yet how many do you know? A few thousand by name, a few hundred in person, a dozen maybe less that you'd say you knew well?
How many of them will remember you in twenty years time? A century from now will anyone be alive who even remembers my face?
In man aspects a personal legacy may well exist invisible to those it touches. How many people thank Newton every time they board a train or Turin when they switch on their laptops? On the other hand everyone knows Charles Dickens or Audrey Hepburn.
It's sobering to think that for every face and name that goes down in history there must be a million of us passed over by the eyes of time. Our lives are all we have, yet do they really take on any more significance than the fall of a single leaf.