The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #111462   Message #2347750
Posted By: Little Hawk
23-May-08 - 01:34 PM
Thread Name: Why 'When I'm Gone'?
Subject: RE: Why 'When I'm Gone'?
"Why do we wait to appreciate people until they are dead?"

Guilt for our past inattention?

Because it really GETS our attention when they die?

They can no longer disappoint us once dead?

We have a chance to praise them excessively at last without risking embarrassing them with our inaccuracy or insincerity?

It shows others how much we loved them? (or not)

People who can't stand them will be less inclined to rain on our parade when we praise them, because it's gauche to speak ill of the dead?

Heh! I'm figuring these are a few of the common reasons...