Reposting a FB post of Cyrus Tailor. Cyrus was a postdoc at Rutgers at the same time as me. He is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics at Case Western Reserve University now.
I realize now that the 2008 US Presidential election was a unique event in the US history. Two decent men, two intellectuals, two bearers of the world culture, two thinkers opposed each other. I voted Obama and I would do this again; but the other candidate was equally excellent (if only he had not chosen Sarah Palin...).
John McCain at the funeral of his friend Bob Timberg:
“When I was a boy, I loved the books of Robert Louis Stevenson. So did a lot of kids of my generation. Stevenson also had a restless spirit that propelled him through adversity. He was an adventurer. He traveled the world and spent the last years of his short life in Western Samoa, a place as far removed physically and culturally from his native Scotland as could be imagined. He’s buried there on a low hill overlooking the Pacific.
His headstone bears as his epitaph a short poem he wrote not long before he died, entitled Requiem. I’ve always been moved by it. It’s an epitaph for a restless, striving, resilient person. I last read it at my father’s funeral. I’d like to close my remarks with it now.
Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me;
Here he lies where he longed to be,
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill. “