Wednesday, June 5, 2013
There is a hole in the world today, Will Campbell has died at 88.
Many people reading this will not know who Will Campbell is/was. He is marvelously described in his obituary in the New York Times today which briefly mentions the way I came to know of him, through his autobiography/biography of his brother -- Brother to a Dragonfly. I read it years ago when it first came out, and loved it at the time. Since then, I have heard him speak several times and even shook hands with him once.
He was a voice for non-violence that never lost track of the fact that the world has humor and variety in it and is a wonderfully complex place. To hear him speak when he took questions from the audience was pure delight. He will be missed, but somehow I think he is fussin' at the God he believed in about why he didn't shine the light a little stronger sometimes.....
edited to add
It is a link to the LA Times obituary that contains one of my favorite lines, I think he used it every time he spoke .. "If you're gonna love one, you've gotta love 'em all."