February 6, 2010

Respect in an outlook on life

I just discovered an admirable person. The essay "Before I Die…" was written by Edmund Carpenter about his wishes for life. "Great sorrow" accompanied "truly great love" among the things he hoped for. In one paragraph, he emphasizes how his "synopsis… did not include a wish for continued happiness" in it. Yet, I recognize that he "gets it" as striking as his aspirations may sound to the average reader. Edmund seeks a "truly great adventure" knowing that such includes ups and downs. Presumably, he got what he wanted, having written this at the age of 17 and then finding 70 years to live. Considering this, I find respect in it.

*The essay was published on February 6, 2010 in the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Carpenter died in December 2008 at the age of 87.

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