To mourn the passing of a man you didn't know is the very essence of the human condition.
- Whether he made you laugh--and he did on occasion.
- Or educated you--which he did on occasion also.
- Or even if he annoyed you occasionally--which he also did.
He stimulated you; caused you to think; emote; react; what more can you ask of stranger.
There is a poem that I first became aware of through a movie that I
--possibly controversially--rate as one of the best ever made:
I never knew a wild thing
That felt sorry for itself.
A small bird will fall frozen dead from a bough
Without ever having felt sorry for itself.
- D. H. Lawrence
To feel sorry for oneself is arguably a characteristic unique to the human species.
As is, feeling sorry for another(*).
Could you have one without the other?
Is not sympathy the very essence of humanity?
Farewell Blazar. The world is a poorer place for your passing.
(*)There is some evidence to support the supposition that elephants
are capable of feeling sorrow for the loss of another of their aquaintance.
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