Ed Brayton, a co-founder of Freethought Blogs and a blogger at Patheos, died last night. I never met him, but I did appreciate both his blog and Facebook posts. He understood that disbelief in God wasn’t enough. His answer to the question of “So what?” was to work for social justice. Which why he helped create this network, and he continued that work on his blog, as well as through various humanist organizations.
I never meet him, but if I had, I would have thanked him for his work, and for creating the platform that I’m currently on. I did say that his memory would be a blessing, but I don’t know if he ever read it.
He wrote in his last post:
Don’t be sad about this, be hopeful. I got to make the decision myself and spare others from that awful task. I did it while still of sound mind, if not body. That means the world to me. I maintained my self-determination until the end.
In closing, let me just say thank you again. You made my life better, richer and more fulfilled and who could ask for more? Goodbye, one and all. I will miss you as I hope you will miss me. Be good to each other along this incredible journey.
Many of us will miss him, and, in a universe without a God or higher cause, being missed is one of the signs that you lived a good life. My condolences to those who knew him better than I did.