As we learned earlier this week, Hephaestion has died. Many of us here do not believe in an afterlife, a place were the soul goes. But something of us does live on in others. I believe that if we took time to consider the lives of those who have left us, and chose to not just contemplate, but recognize and echo the best of that person, the world would be a better place.
And, as much as it is possible to know anyone through a message board, or through postings, making the world a better place was what made Hephaestion's heart beat.
Unionist and I conversed on this idea; he posted a very moving example of one of Heph's posts in the thread where we were notified. I would invite him to re-post it here.
Unionist also provided me with some links where you can take some time and find something of Heph that you will take into yourself, and share it here, and in a small way make the world a better place.
Here, Hephaestion comments on the selection of a new Pope. Amid the pomp and circumstance, the reality of the position could be lost, but not on Heph:
"...there is a massive organization spread across the globe that was led by this man. This man sat at the centre, like a loathesome spider in its web, scheming his malicious, hateful plans, along with his cadré of deranged lieutenants, and directing his wretched schemes against people in countries all over the planet.
The Vatican has an "observer status" seat at the UN. Karol Wojtyla had the ear of heads of state from around the world (and was not shy to use whatever influence he had, both at the UN and with the heads of state).
As far as the LGBT community goes, he was kind of like our own version of bin Laden, leading a type of al-Quaida that is even older, massively wealthier, and with a history of violence and repression that would make a fundamentalist Muslium terrorist blush.
As far as I'm concerned, he was cold (as in blooded) from the moment he became Terrorist-in-Chief to my community. Yer darned right it's "our business", faithful to the mumbo-jumbo of "the Magistrium" or not.
(And as an addendum, as far as I'm concerned, his complicity in the deaths of so many innocent people in Africa makes his actions, the church's actions, and who the church picks as his replacement a matter of concern to all caaring people everywhere.)"
Links for Hephaestion's posts:
If these are faulty or there's an easier way, feel free to simplify.