Why Can’t We Choose Who We Want to Hear About Dying? (Tribute to Andy Rooney on His Passing)

I just found out Andy Rooney passed away Friday night of complications following minor surgery (Associated Press). It’s the second public figure I’ve always enjoyed hearing about who has passed away within a month. The other was Steve Jobs. Somewhere in those thoughts came this idea I’d try to write something related and relevant to the topic, in a tone and from a perspective Andy might have taken. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.

There are now seven billion people in the world. Unfortunately, at some point, they all have to die. Well, it’s not all unfortunate. In fact, it’s not unfortunate at all in many cases. I was just trying to be sympathetic about a sensitive matter. That’s what happens when you get old. Your heart softens.

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