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  •  It's always how you live, not the duration. (8+ / 0-)

    "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mohandas Gandhi

    by cv lurking gf on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 06:31:07 PM PDT

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    •  There's a reason ivorybill said sometimes. (1+ / 0-)
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      For those who die far too young, particularly before adulthood, the duration is relevant too.

      •  Just commented as one who, since April (0+ / 0-)

        of last year, has lost fifteen friends. I've lost many young friends through the years too (at this point in life I'm closing in on one hundred friends gone from this world). The loss is still great, but even those lost as young as four and nine lived well - spunky children, the older fighting off his killer as best a child could. We're the ones who suffer the loss of such; they had full lives. Grab with a ferocity that squeezes life through our fingers. I've been telling people for a while now - we have no time to do things wrong, but all the time in the world to do right.

        "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mohandas Gandhi

        by cv lurking gf on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:03:10 AM PDT

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        •  All respect to your situation, but... (0+ / 0-)

          ... four and nine year olds dead, didn't have a chance to live a full life. At that age, they didn't live long enough to grasp the concept of a long life, or living for today. A full life involves getting to learn about the world, choose a path or two to follow, meet tons of different kinds of people, fall in love a few times, perhaps even be parents of their own (if that's what they desire). Being happy with a few little years, and treating people with adolescent kindness, doesn't qualify as living a full life, in my opinion. Most all children live life ferociously - they don't really know how else to live it. Yesterday my two-year-old nephew was jumping around the room like he had a scorpion on his back, just because he could. It wasn't so he could grab what life he can in this world.

          Particularly as this is the only life we know for sure they were going to get, a life cut short is still someone who didn't get to live it properly. And that is relevant to the world, and those who wanted to see that life bloom and grow.

          Hell, my own father only died at 26, when his daughters were barely old enough to remember him, and he'd barely begun to start a career and plan out a future for him and his family. I'm quite certain, as the cancer took him, he didn't feel he'd lived a full life, and the lack of duration was relevant to him - and to my mother, who had to be a single mother with no more than a HS diploma, at 25.

          Maybe duration isn't relevant to those who believe in the here-after, but to me, it's very relevant.

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