What if you were to retire permanently in Taiwan? What would you like to leave behind? Anything material? Familial? Personal/professional legacy? Would you have passed the torch… served as fuel in transmitting the flame, be it time served in some institution that rolls on, a love of x, knowledge of or proficiency in x? Or simply fade to black?
I’m back south in the mountain boonies, attending another funeral. In the past, I’ve seen the scant physical legacy of lives disappear to the merry sound of tinned Mozart, and headstones buried under mounds of trash discarded from institutes those very people founded.
This time around, I’m less bound to this rock, and I’m now a father, so ideas of endowment and legacy are particularly potent. But Taiwan’s environment and culture often strike me as particularly hostile (or at best, unfriendly) to material legacies.
That’s all I’ve got: questions, a vague itch, a desire to do well and leave things and specific people a little bit off for my being here.