Humbled by a man I never met
I didn't know Derek Miller. Over the years I have dipped in and out of his blog (as you do) and always enjoyed his witty, sceptical and englightend posts. But that is as far as it went.
On May 4, Derek Miller died of complications arising from stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer.
Normally, to those of us that didn't know Derek directly, this would be an unremarkable event – tragic certainly, but people we don't know die everyday (every second)...
So why has the passing of a man I didn't know (and who wasn't a television celebrity or movie star) prompted me to type these words?
Well, Derek has left his readers a message from the grave (he points out that he hasn't gone to a better place, he has made a 'remarkable transformation: from a living organism to a corpse') in the form of a 'last post'.
I won't post his words here because I would be doing him a disservice, but they are witty, humbling, tragic and inspiring in equal measure.
So visit his blog, read his last post and then delve a bit deeper into the words he left behind.
'The world, indeed the whole universe, is a beautiful, astonishing, wondrous place. There is always more to find out' – Derek Miller