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Post by ZIMMER1994 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:53 pm

So lately I've been really stuck on the idea of legacy: what it is, what it means, how you create one, and what mine will be. The "legacy" I've become interested in is not so much whether I will "be remembered" or not. I know there are people who will remember (maybe even miss me) when I'm gone, but I also know that there are many more who won't care. It is simply the unconcern of the universe. The type of "legacy" that truly piques my interest is much more about tradition, what larger lasting idea(s) have I become a part of. They say that you can only truly judge a president 50 years after he has left office. If this is true, how long does it take to truly evaluate the life of a high school student, a high school career, a day after graduation, a month, a year, four years, a decade? Or is it something that is constantly being established, being evaluated, and evolving? The second point of a "legacy" I care about is if I have been a role model or a leader. Have I lived up to the standards my role models and heroes have set for me? Will the next generation look to what I have done for inspiration, are they watching me already? I believe a legacy is what defines any man's time on Earth. I can only hope that what I leave behind is worth something.

I'm looking for your opinion on anything I've mentioned in this brief rambling. How do you feel about what my legacy will be (if you know me)? What does legacy mean to you? Do you think a legacy even matters? What do you hope to leave behind?

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Post by Cjanz on Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:23 pm

The idea of legacy is profound and even complex to consider, but I think simplicity lies in how often many of us probably wonder what exactly it is we're leaving behind.

In the question of death and how it surrounds our lives (we are, after all, beings towards death) it no longer becomes a question of how one can live, but how one can die. Death is one of the most immortalizing aspects of life because it could be a flagrant tragedy or something as inconsequential (though still painful for those around them) as a car wreck. I think the effects of death are always localized. For those who are close to the person, they will remember that person for the traits they were familiar with. On the other hand, when it comes to a more widespread effect, people are less concerned with personality and more so in the qualities that might make one something of a tragic hero.

When it comes to how we feel individually in terms of what we're leaving behind I think it is important to ask yourself how much it matters to you. Would you prefer the localized effect or the widespread effect?

The thought of unconcern is frightening to a degree. People exist and die without us ever knowing. This is why achieving a more universal effect on others through your death can seem so insurmountable - but do the masses really matter?

Personally, I prefer the localized level of my own tragedy. Those who know me are the ones who care - the ones who matter. Who knows, after 50 years, there may be a profoundness discovered in an inconsequential death and you may be immortalized after all.

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