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What do you want your legacy to be?

  1. Sep 22, 2011 #1
    Does it matter to you that someday all record of yourself might disappear? Would you prefer that your role as a beneficent human be recognized many years into the future?

    I believe that most of us, myself included, are under the delusion that we as individuals will matter much in the times to come. Our unattributed deeds, however, may eventually carry our influence around and beyond Earth.
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    I really don't care. I haven't done anything significant so don't expect to be remembered. Even if I did something significant, I am a private person and wouldn't want recognition.
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    I hope to be another http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_white_males" [Broken]
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  5. Sep 23, 2011 #4
    Don't worry if you are an Einstein, Salk, or Ghandi. Are you a Loren Booda?
  6. Sep 23, 2011 #5
    What a great topic. I have thought about this quite a bit. I came to realize that I don't care if my name is attached something, but I do want something to exist that I brought to the human race. Whether it's creating new knowledge or inspiring something through teaching, it doesn't matter. Just talking about this gets me excited for the future.

    I hope others share their thoughts on this topic.

  7. Sep 23, 2011 #6
    I just want to be a great father whose kids have it better than I.
  8. Sep 23, 2011 #7
    My girlfriend reminds me not to get so caught up with recognition. I would rue being collared constantly.

    A friend's father (also a friend) worked directly under three presidents. The poor guy used to be accosted in the supermarket or elsewhere. Kind of like King Midas, but without having sought the touch of fame.
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    The only thing I care about is that I'm remembered as a good husband, father, and friend.
  10. Sep 23, 2011 #9
    Dear Pam,

    Please allow me to express my regrets concerning the loss of your beloved brother, Ray.

    I first met Ray when I started volunteering at NAMI 16 years ago. I worked on the HelpLine, which was connected to the fulfillment room by a square cut in the wall through which we could hand materials. It was beyond that aperture where I first met Ray.

    We both shared schizoaffective disorder, and we had had stints at St. Elizabeth's hospital. NAMI workers respected Ray for his rough road from military school to Medical school to homelessness to full-time employment to retirement. Having a Master's degree in physics, I would occasionally discuss such topics with Ray as black holes, the universe and the Sun. Ray had a wonderful disposition for one who was seemingly independent most of his life except for some beloved cats. No one at our office could match his personal strength, though.

    He told me several tales of his life, including a time he was mugged, but his neighbors' concern made sure it would not happen again. When he lost some teeth by moving someone's lit cigarette from a St. E's pool table. How he was once married! How he was one of the top ten sharpshooters in the U.S.! His retirement send-off at NAMI was bittersweet, punctuated by Ray's addenda. Throughout his peregrinations he was a blessed survivor, and thanks to his family he lived a few months of peace safely in his own condominium. When I last saw Ray, on the HelpLine, he was in good spirits, and I allowed extra attention to listen to him. Cat, condo and health remained in the forefront.

    For what he was given, he learned much more of life's lessons than most. He was truly a "traveler of all seasons."


    Loren Booda
  11. Sep 23, 2011 #10
    Well, my ex would say I'm a lousy spouse and friend, but I could say the same about her. After all, she left me, without cause.

    She does say I'm a terrific father, though. Perhaps one day I'll meet the right gal who'll know that I'm a good husband and friend. As it is, I have a handful of good friends who know the truth on that front.

    I'd also like to be known as someone who gets others to really think. I believe most of our nation's problems are caused by folks in power who act based on ideals rather than the cold, hard facts.
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    I will be remembered for the inspiring and spectacular manner in which I will die.

    I've yet to figure out what it will be, but I suggest you all try to stay alive for it!
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    Not in the slightest. I prefer not to waste time worrying about things I have no control over.

    Well, my unattributed deeds (at least, "unattributed" except to a fairly small group of people) are already carrying lots of people around Earth. You can see them every day at most commercial airports.

    Actually I'm quite happy that they stay "unattributed", because that means they are doing what they are supposed to do, and not causing anybody problems!
  14. Sep 23, 2011 #13


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    I'll remember you. :smile: :approve:

    I'd like to contribute to safer more reliable nuclear energy, and see a resolution to the waste disposition, and somewhat related I'd like to see a more sound space exploration program in place.

    I'd also like to leave behind a kinder and gentler world where folks feel less threatened by things they don't know or understand, and where some folks are less angry or hateful.

    I'd like to see the development of sustainable economic systems, which includes maintaining environmental integrity (maintaining clean air, clean water, cleaner energy).

    I'd like to see universal literacy.

    I'm working on these more or less.

    Hopefully, I'll leave behind happy thoughts with those who know me.
  15. Sep 23, 2011 #14
    I don't care to have a legacy or for recognition sort of like Evo. The universe is too great and I don't exactly validate myself based upon other people recognizing me and applauding what I may do or have done.
  16. Sep 23, 2011 #15
    First emperor of the eternal galactic empire.
  17. Sep 23, 2011 #16
    I hope to discover something nice before I die, connect scientific thought into something universally innovative and design structures. I just got to keep up my development of learning.
  18. Sep 23, 2011 #17
    Loren Booda, I feel your legacy may be being extremely well-spoken and articulate. When I read your posts, I feel like I am reading a letter sent by a dignified person to the president. Possible a dignified person wearing a fancy hat.
  19. Sep 23, 2011 #18
    LOl I was actually going to say that too.
  20. Sep 23, 2011 #19
    I want to be known as Mr. Evo.
  21. Sep 24, 2011 #20
    Perhaps someday all of my words will have been deciphered. I would encourage the same among all, to understand each other.

    Maybe I will become a smooth operator (with a hat).

    Remember that without Nothing we could not have Everything.

    Thanks for the boost.
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