I was a big fan of Ray Bradbury growing up and his books The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 influenced me as a precocious and scientifically curious young lad. I recently learned of his death while listening to NPR and the segment reminded me of how much he believed in the human spirit and our propensity to achieve greatness and goodness.
It reminded me of one of his most inspirational quotes, "Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down." It was one of several that would shape my life and instill in me the conviction that an ordinary person could pull off the seemingly impossible.
What saddens me most, perhaps, about Bradbury's passing is that I fear there's a paucity of successors who will carry his hopes, dreams, and preternatural prescience forward.
I highly recommend listening to the NPR segment on Bradbury. And if you don't, I sure as hell hope it's because you're jumping off a cliff...