Wednesday, October 30, 2013

the persistence of memory

general thoughts on essay-writing and blogging.
These questions pop into my head as I craft a college application.

- After you have graced this world for eighty years or so, how would you like to be remembered? What impact will you make, and which sacrifices will it take?

- Would you like be widely admired, oft quoted, and resurrected in The American Pageant? Steve Jobs, whose contributions outshone his personal conduct, comes to mind.

- Or would you rather be thought upon daily and deeply by a handful of loved ones? I think of the stay-at-home-moms who exchanged a career for a well-loved brood.

- Must you pick between the two? The love of close company and appreciation of the masses need not conflict. Superficially, it's either/or, but closer examination detects traces of both potentialities.

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