ultimate goal of many people is to be remembered after their death, to
transcend generations. This is attempted by monuments, businesses, and
achievements often aimed at how many people remember your name. But the real
transcending generation often has ideas and values and is focused on family
because it guides their further success. In this arena, one may be less
important personally, but the ideas that transcend generations set the future
for one's core ideals. The world may know you or your family, but your ideals
define you more than just a name.
Every family passes on their values to
the next generation. These values greatly influence society. If they are not
passed on by each generation to the next, we then return to primitive status.
My last conversation with my Father, as described in The New Legacy,
shows in capsule form what he learned from his parents and what he had taught
me throughout life. Perhaps the best quirk of fate in life is that the picture
of Kitty and me that had just been taken while I was in the JAG Corps of the
Navy arrived the day of his death. He had gotten me to that point in life, and
it was a point I had the maturity to understand and carry his values forward.