Dear Friend, Harold Carson, Passed Yesterday

It may not make the papers or the tv news, but a truly wonderful person died in Olympia yesterday.

My friend, Harold Carson, died peacefully, as he had always lived, at the convalescent center at Panorama City.   I don’t know where to start or what to say about Harold except that I loved and respected this gentle man.  Harold, you are missed.  You lived well.  You touched so many people, and you touched them deeply, kindly, with fierce and loving intention.  Well done, my dear friend.  A life well lived.

Common Dreams carried a quote from Howard Zinn yesterday that spoke my mind and heart:

Howard Zinn photo“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.”

“And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

I believe that Harold Carson lived as he thought human beings should live. Harold’s life was a marvelous victory.