[geocentrism] Vale

  • From: Paul Deema <paul_deema@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Geocentrism@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 14:30:06 +0000 (GMT)

Greetings all.
I have never met any of you, yet I believe I have a fair handle on who you are 
and what you are -- everyone an individual. I've interacted with all of you -- 
faceless to be sure but none the less real. May I share with you an event in my 
life this day?
I mentioned recently my participation in a low key philosophy class run by a 
local women's co-operative ( I'm the only male -- sometimes it's hard to get a 
word in! ) Last Friday morning there was an elderly lady sitting just to the 
right of my customary seating place -- a lady who had attended also the 
previous Friday and who was unknown to me. It transpires that this lady was the 
Phyl (Phyllis) who was a number of times mentioned during previous classes in 
the way that those who stand out are often mentioned.
During the week I had received a phone call informing me that there would be no 
class today (Friday) because one of the students had passed away -- name 
mentioned but not discernable due to the poor quality of reproduction offorded 
by my answering machine -- that the funeral would be held at a local address at 
10h30 and that the class would make a group attendance. So I resolved to swell 
the numbers and discover just who it was who had passed away.
Well you will no doubt have discerned that it was the lady who sat on my right 
the previous Friday, whose name I had not til this morning discovered and to 
whom I had not spoken.
This morning I was to discover my loss. This was a lady of persevearance, 
intellect, accomplishment, culture. It became obvious from the eulogy just why 
she was held in such hig esteem. We are all of us diminished when anyone dies, 
the incredible complexity of any life ended, but when it is the cessation of 
outstanding individuals, how much greater is the diminution?
Phyl died the day that she sat on my right.
If it is truly relevant, I'm sure she would appreciate your thoughts.
Requiscat in Pace
Paul D

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