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  • So I thought, "I will talk about death."

  • Seemed to be the passion today.

  • Actually, it's not about death.

  • It's inevitable, terrible, but really what I want to talk about is,

  • I'm just fascinated by the legacy people leave when they die.

  • That's what I want to talk about.

  • So Art Buchwald left his legacy of humor with a video

  • that appeared soon after he died, saying,

  • "Hi! I'm Art Buchwald, and I just died."

  • And Mike, who I met at Galapagos, a trip which I won at TED,

  • is leaving notes on cyberspace where he is chronicling

  • his journey through cancer.

  • And my father left me a legacy of his handwriting

  • through letters and a notebook.

  • In the last two years of his life, when he was sick,

  • he filled a notebook with his thoughts about me.

  • He wrote about my strengths, weaknesses,

  • and gentle suggestions for improvement,

  • quoting specific incidents, and held a mirror to my life.

  • After he died, I realized that no one writes to me anymore.

  • Handwriting is a disappearing art.

  • I'm all for email and thinking while typing,

  • but why give up old habits for new?

  • Why can't we have letter writing and email exchange in our lives?

  • There are times when I want to trade all those years

  • that I was too busy to sit with my dad and chat with him,

  • and trade all those years for one hug.

  • But too late.

  • But that's when I take out his letters and I read them,

  • and the paper that touched his hand is in mine,

  • and I feel connected to him.

  • So maybe we all need to leave our children

  • with a value legacy, and not a financial one.

  • A value for things with a personal touch --

  • an autographed book, a soul-searching letter.

  • If a fraction of this powerful TED audience

  • could be inspired to buy a beautiful paper --

  • John, it'll be a recycled one -- and write a beautiful letter

  • to someone they love, we actually may start a revolution

  • where our children may go to penmanship classes.

  • So what do I plan to leave for my son?

  • I collect autographed books, and those of you authors

  • in the audience know I hound you for them --

  • and CDs too, Tracy.

  • I plan to publish my own notebook.

  • As I witnessed my father's body being swallowed by fire,

  • I sat by his funeral pyre and wrote.

  • I have no idea how I'm going to do it,

  • but I am committed to compiling his thoughts and mine

  • into a book, and leave that published book for my son.

  • I'd like to end with a few verses of what I wrote

  • at my father's cremation.

  • And those linguists, please pardon the grammar,

  • because I've not looked at it in the last 10 years.

  • I took it out for the first time to come here.

  • "Picture in a frame, ashes in a bottle,

  • boundless energy confined in the bottle,

  • forcing me to deal with reality,

  • forcing me to deal with being grown up.

  • I hear you and I know that you would want me to be strong,

  • but right now, I am being sucked down, surrounded

  • and suffocated by these raging emotional waters,

  • craving to cleanse my soul, trying to emerge

  • on a firm footing one more time, to keep on fighting and flourishing

  • just as you taught me.

  • Your encouraging whispers in my whirlpool of despair,

  • holding me and heaving me to shores of sanity,

  • to live again and to love again."

  • Thank you.

So I thought, "I will talk about death."

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    Zenn posted on 2017/10/19
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