Sunday, August 15th, 2010

The downside of the wonders of the internet – someone I’ve never met, nor ever expected to meet, is dying, and I feel like a friend is going.

I must have first come across him almost a decade ago through work, saw the internet through different eyes thanks to his early visionary writing, and experienced his sudden horrible discovery of cancer through his blog.

Four years living with it, and now time is finally running out for him.

He’s philosophical, filling his days with family and happiness, and taking consolation in a religious faith that I don’t share but – for the moment, at least – can see the benefits of.

And I’m left with an uncomfortable uncertainty over how to react when, on the one hand, I know so much about him but, on the other, our actual interaction has really only been a couple of emails.

One response to “Upset”:

  1. Caron Says:

    August 15th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I was upset when Guy Kewney, whom I’d never met but had benefitted from his wisdom for a good decade in an Internet forum, passed away earlier this year so I understand a bit of how you’re feeling. The Internet is very good at bringing people together, and friendships across cyberspace can be as genuine, lifechanging & valuable as in what is termed “real life”.

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