A fellow Epicurean has shared with us the sad news of Erik Anderson’s passing at the age of 47 and a link to his obituary, according to which he was fascinated by astronomy and astrophotography.
His younger sister Kayla, who shared his love of books and astronomy, asks, “When you look up at the stars, we hope you will think of Erik.”
Erik was the author of Epicurus.info and apparently was also in charge of the wiki, which explains why his webpages are unfortunately no longer available, as we recently announced. Please join us in honoring his memory and the memory of all the Epicureans that came before us with a toast while contemplating the stars.
“My name is Jaakko and I am an addict. I am addicted to reading”
I’d like to also honor the memory of another Epicurean-influenced blogger, philosopher and secular activist from Finland, Jaako, who died some years ago and authored the Being Human blog. His final entry, titled Is it Finally Time to Say Goodbye?, was written shortly before his passing while he was fully aware of a life lived passionately and richly and aware that he had only hours to live due to his cancer. In that final assessment, Jaako shared his most intimate joys and pleasures–like his love of books–and biographical details, for the benefit of those who had shared his journey online and didn’t know him personally. Although his goodbye blog seems to be filled with trivia and what may seem like unimportant details, it’s written in a personal style and at a moment of such vulnerability with so much courage and love of life that it is absolutely worth reading with the words of the ancient Epicureans in our minds, that: “Death is No Thing to Us! For When We Are, it is Not, and When it is, We are Not” … that was Jaako’s attitude in his final moment, and should be ours.