Sunday, November 12, 2006

Dead Not Gone

Living a good, honorable life and being able to die in peace without regrets was always challenging, now with online obituary service providers the later part may become impossible. Reading this article reminded me of a line from Julius Caesar "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones."

Most people grow up learning that it is uncouth to speak ill of the dead often there is no religious sanction for this as well. Yet online anonymity brings out the worst in people. It is as if the acceptable norms of social interaction cease to apply once you dissociate your name from your opinion.

While this behavior is commonly accepted on all online forums and dismissed as trolling or flaming, "dissing the dead" is fortunately still being viewed with the seriousness it deserves.

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