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.”
“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
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