Speaker for the Dead

Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…to understand who a person really was, what his or her life really meant, the speaker for the dead would have to explain their self-story – what they meant to do, what they actually did, what they regretted, what they rejoiced in. That’s the story that we never know, the story that we never can know – and yet, at the time of death, it’s the only story truly worth telling…

Orson Scott Card

When I first read the introduction, I realised that there was a tonne of meaning in it. An eulogy is meant to celebrate a person’s life, and that means more than just delivering positive platitudes about the departed’s character. It would be great to know the actual person, warts and all. They shouldn’t mind much since they are already dead.

Powerful stuff.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

2 thoughts on “Speaker for the Dead”

  1. I’m reading this right now actually. Mainly in anticipation of the Ender’s Game movie coming out soon. Awesome!

    Also wondered if the idea for Quora was from the book. 🙂

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