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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
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Legacies and How We Create Them

As paradoxical as it may seem, death may be what creates life, simply because it can give life meaning. Yet, as people age it is only logical to consider what happens after their eventual passing. Who remembers their story? This question has arisen throughout the course of history and many have grappled with the issue, here a few possibilities: - A written or recorded story. - Consulting with our ancestors and their stories helps give us insight into who we are. - This is a common method and one used throughout history where stories of past relatives would be passed from generation to generation. - But, while this is an effective manner, does it encapsulate the full story? - A device that records every single moment. - This type of method, while futuristic, certainly ensures that no information or side of the story is missed. - With every recorded incident, the detail of one’s legacy only increases. - But this brings up another question, do we want every intimate detail of one’s life? Should we see both the good and bad? And isn’t the best part of the story the storytelling? - This brings us to the final possibility, descendants. - Descendants are, effectively, nature’s instrument to creating a legacy. - They are a perfect encapsulation of a legacy simply because their story is a part of their ancestors. - Think of the time your grandmother baked you cookies or a parent counselled you. All of that is part of their legacy and it lives through you.  Now, these three possibilities don’t mean that we won’t have to grapple with questions about legacy in the future, they simply suggest potential ways forward. Which path you take depends on the type of legacy that you want.

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