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 Luke 6:35-38 35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven:
38 Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete with it shall be measured to you again.
American King James Version×). 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.