Friday, October 31, 2014

When We Lose Heroes - #RIPBenNaz

Do you remember when Lennon died? Neither do I, but I know the song 'Imagine' and can picture a time when maybe we could have given peace a chance. That's the legacy of a hero.

People remember where they were when heroes die because the moment is significant, it stands in front of us and the world pauses. People used to ask "where were you when Kennedy was shot ?" because  everyone had a story, like "I was walking down the street and crowds had gathered at a shop window, watching a large television screen". How we hear the news has changed since then, but the stories haven't. Incidentally I was walking in Edinburgh Gardens when I learnt of Gough's passing.

Everyone dies. The thing about heroes, though, is that when they are gone, they don't go. A switch gets flicked and they transition seamlessly from living legend to something even higher.

Not every hero is famous and not everyone's hero is a hero to all. Wordsworth's heroine Lucy lived unknown, but when she ceased to be, well:
She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and oh,
The difference to me!
Ben Naz died this week, and here are some of the things people are saying:
he was a true fighter, an inspiration and one of the greatest artists!
saddened at the passing of a legend as an artist and person! Rest in Paint
yesterday was a sad day for the street art community our brother Ben Naz Guerrilla Artist passed... a fighter a legend, I don't know one person who won't be saddened by this, will miss you brother always smiling always fighting until the last moment.
Here is a news article: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/10/30/14/how-filipino-french-artist-fought-his-life-until-end

I think everyone on the Interwebs knows that Ben Naz is one of my heroes (my bio piece here) and I am watching Facebook spill over with heartfelt words about the man. But no-one has captured the essence of why he is a hero quite so well as Baron Naz:
My Dad showed me the world in more detail, he taught me everything that he has learned and I must use that to carry on life as what my Dad wanted me and my mom to carry on and be happy, 'LIVE LIFE WITHOUT REGRETS' Thank you all very much for what you've done for my Family especially for My Dad!!!
 Live Life Without Regrets. Ben Naz. Guerilla artist, activist, Pinoy role model, friend. #RIPBenNaz
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