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Passing of a Pope

There's a small child who just appeared on camera from St. Peter's Square. Too young to realize what's going on, she started making a naughty face and vamping for the camera.

I remember my little three-year old cousin going to the side of the hospital bed where my grandfather's body lay, when he had just passed away in 1993. Each of us laid our hands on his forehead to say a few words of remembrance and farewell, and she started waving and tapping at him. She really had no idea why her mother was crying, and though her mom explained that it was because gong gong had gone away, it wasn't really clear to her where he had gone and how far.

It's a blessing that children know little of death, I think.

A rich, full life, full of resolve and action on behalf of humankind. The best that can be said of any person's life, nyssacrman said aptly.


Apropos of which - a quiz seen in the LJ of zengeneral:

You scored as Utilitarianism. Your life is guided by the principles of Utilitarianism: You seek the greatest good for the greatest number.



“The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.”

--Jeremy Bentham



“Whenever the general disposition of the people is such, that each individual regards those only of his interests which are selfish, and does not dwell on, or concern himself for, his share of the general interest, in such a state of things, good government is impossible.”

--John Stuart Mill



More info at Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...

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Utilitarianism

90%

Existentialism

70%

Divine Command

65%

Hedonism

65%

Justice (Fairness)

50%

Kantianism

45%

Nihilism

20%

Strong Egoism

10%

Apathy

10%

What philosophy do you follow? (v1.03)
created with QuizFarm.com



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Banazir

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illusio
Apr. 4th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
i <3 kids.
banazir
Apr. 4th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
Me too
The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. -Mencius

Of course, whenever I quote this, some smarty-pants has to trot out:
I have the heart of a small child. I keep it in a jar on my desk. -Robert Bloch (author of Psycho)

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Banazir
queenmidalah
Apr. 4th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
When my father passed away, my nephew didn't know what was going on. He just knew we were sad and that Grandpa had gone to see God and stay with him. But at the funeral, seeing my father's body in his casket, my nephew (according to my mom cause I was off organizing something) said that his words were the sweetest things she could hear because it helped to ease such a heartbreaking thing for her. Not understand what death truly was, my nephew got this really confused look on his face and looked at my mom and brother-in-law and said "Well... is grandpa asleep or isn't he?" or something along those lines. My sister and brother-in-law had something made for my mom and something for me that they gave us at the funeral and my nephew didn't understand that either and asked out loud while people were giving us condolences in a line when we were going to open HIS presents.

I think sometimes the lack of understanding a child has can often times give us the ability to stay up and strong and realize that while our hearts are breaking, their innocence gives us something to live for.
banazir
Apr. 7th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Children and loss
That's a very poignant story. Thank you for sharing it.

I think sometimes the lack of understanding a child has can often times give us the ability to stay up and strong and realize that while our hearts are breaking, their innocence gives us something to live for.
Indeed.

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Banazir
megruder
Apr. 4th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
I remember my little three-year old cousin going to the side of the hospital bed where my grandfather's body lay, when he had just passed away in 1993. Each of us laid our hands on his forehead to say a few words of remembrance and farewell, and she started waving and tapping at him.
I think it's nice to have kids around when some dies; it's a reminder that life goes on and that there is still some innocence left in this world.
banazir
Apr. 7th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Innocence
I think it's nice to have kids around when some dies; it's a reminder that life goes on and that there is still some innocence left in this world.
Exactly.

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Banazir
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