A person’s Legacy has much in common with a tree. Some will be saplings others aged oak, but all can continue to grow and provide long after the person tending it has gone.
Each must weather their own type of elemental disturbances, endure tests of enforced glut and drought to insure they can thrive and survive. When healthy, both can provide physical and emotional shelter and support during life’s torrents. Seed from them can be the beginning of the new. Depending upon need, both may be a social and economic mainstay; a source of creativity, inspiration, teaching and a way of validating an existence.
A Legacy like mature trees will bear varied fruits. Drawing from an achievement, contribution or even a misstep will be according to a user’s specific objectives, ties, goals, tastes and intent.
Each of us will leave something behind when we die, something you alone touched, so when people look upon it or think of you, you are there.
You will be etched into the minds of others through the stories they share about you, pass on and hand down which becomes part of your Legacy. You may diligently build your Legacy with the future in mind or be absent minded in its care, or unaware how significant it can be and to whom, but it is yours to fashion and the stories shared should be told according to your words and deeds, and none other.
Like with trees the unprincipled destruction of a Legacy robs future generations of its potential benefits.
There is no law against defaming the dead, and with that there is no way to protect their Legacy from being depreciated. Decedents can be sued through their representatives for defamation committed while alive and have a judgment placed against their Estate. The reverse is not possible.
To keep the unprincipled from vandalizing a Legacy and robbing those who can gain from it there must be a law to help protect the deceased from defamation and having the Legacy wrongly characterized.
Please support the CadeFlaw/AdLLaw Petition Initiative. There are many laws which protect the deceased as they do the living against theft, except one, defamation. Let’s change that.
To have each supporter sign the petition. Contact your Senate Representatives and the President. Let each know you approve of this proposed law and wish them to endorse it as well. Make them aware of the Initiative by sending them the link to the petition which has the purpose and requirements plainly written out. Pass this information on to family, friends and associates and ask them to support as well.
Submitted By: S. Kendrick – a.k.a. Dial Dancer