Those born during the Baby Boomers era – and before and after that – are already feeling our age, and not just from health-related issues. And when a famous celebrity whom you grew up admiring dies – the most recent examples being British pop star George Michael (this past Christmas Day) and Star Wars alumnus Carrie Fisher (earlier today) – you realize that the world you live in has become a bit more colder and lonelier, even as my generation’s mortality – and those before us – is already staring us in the face. Of course, 2016 was no different from any other year throughout history in which famous personalities have passed on – then again, it depends on your personal perspectives.
For anyone growing older – Death’s presence is never far from our minds, especially when we don’t really know when, where and how we’ll die, something that not even a well-paid psychic can predict. And not even big-time celebrities can escape that fact – as well as the fate that all of us must face.
But will today’s generation someday feel the same way as mine (and those before or after us) when the idols of their youth die? I can’t answer that question for several reasons, including the fact that none of us have the power to peer into the future – and even if we did, do we have the right to tell (and perhaps warn) the present generation of what awaits them? And would the world be better off for it?
In the end, we should cherish, respect, and remember our most revered personalities, both past and present – the ones who’ve made a positive and lasting impact on all our lives – partly because someday, civilization as a whole and its knowledge of the past might vanish for good. And that might just be humanity’s greatest tragedy.
JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. Mr. Lavernoich’s latest short story, The Death-Maker, can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/490524-the-death-maker.
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