Friday, February 24, 2012
To Keith Moon, A Fond Farewell
Does anyone remember Keith Moon?
No. Not that Keith Moon, but the Daily Kos blogger.
I betcha Doodad does!
I wrote "To Keith Moon, A Fond Farewell" right after he got banned.
It's been two whole years since we suffered the loss of our beloved Keith Moon.
So, here's a little trip down memory lane.
As the Daily Kos I-P community struggles to find solace in the unfortunate departure of the beloved Keith Moon, I think that it is important that we not only acknowledge our loss, but recognize that we can go forward and that we will go forward. The pain we are suffering, the emptiness in our hearts where Keith once resided, will heal in time. And although any attempt to catalog the debt that we owe to Keith is impossible, we all understand that his legacy, the example he set as a quintessential American Original, will not fade.
What we can do, as individuals, as community members, it seems to me, is find comfort in the fact that Keith is out there somewhere. Our sadness at his departure should not cause us despair or mean the end of our struggle for social justice, equality, fair play, and general goodness. Our sadness at his departure should not mean that we back away from the tough challenges ahead. Keith was an inspiration to us all. His heart, his humor, his essential human decency was unique. When Keith spoke he radiated something that comes from the finest place within all of us.
And now his is no longer with us.
I know that the temptation for many of you will be to fall into despair, depression, and ennui. But think what Keith might say? Allow your mind to travel back to his words of wisdom, the special touch that he had with one and all, his ability to inspire hope in the hopeless, compassion in the compassionless, joy in those without joy. Because, in truth, what made Keith so special is that he represented the very best within ourselves. That is the key. We can, and will, honor his name. We can, and will, acknowledge his contributions. But, most importantly, we will strive to open ourselves to what he taught.
And, so, we wish Keith the fondest of fond fare wells.
And we pray that wherever Keith may be, whatever his current struggles, that he will bring inspiration to others, as he did to this community.
Fare thee well, Keith Moon.
Fare thee well.
The tune is for my older brother who has passed.