I’ve never been a fan of Jack Layton’s policies, but he seemed like a nice guy.
He wrote a letter in his dying days, which was published by the CBC today, just after his death was announced. There’s one paragraph in there that really caught my attention because of its selfless intent:
To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.
What a wonderful thing to say. Here’s a guy that only had a few days left to live and had nothing further to gain in this world by tickling people’s ears. So I have to believe that he was motivated by genuine charity towards other Canadian who are fighting with cancer.
Very beautiful and inspiring.
May his soul rest in peace.
See also: Reflections on Jack Layton’s Death