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June 03, 2015


The death of someone close to you when you are still young can have a significant impact on how you see the importance of things. As it apparently did with Mr Kerr.

I experienced something similar myself, although in my case is was my closest friend dying of leukemia when we were 4.

In prior centuries, I expect the impact was somewhat less, simply because people dying all around you was far more common. But we (at least in the developed countries) live in a more sheltered world now. And so have fewer defenses against the shock.

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