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One of the factors that made this American writer so beloved was the wisdom he could express with a hint of humor. There have been times in history when people have rejoiced at the death of one man and times when they have mourned the death of another. Some are loved, and some are hated, and some are simply indifferent.
These words about living emphasize conducting ourselves in such a way that others will feel the loss of our departure. That can only come if we concern ourselves with the well-being of others. Jesus summed up the teachings of the Bible with the simple words teaching to love others, do good, give, be merciful and judge not (Luke 6:35-38). He said our reward would be great. That reward is in the future, but it also results in the sorrow expressed by people when our life is over. Even the undertaker will not rejoice over his added income.