This morning, CBC News: Sunday ran a short segment in which the quizzed various actors about their greatest fear. They weren’t asked about a fear, but rather their greatest fear.
Christopher Plummer said his greatest fear is, “To be forgotten.” I’m sure this is a common thought, especially among older people.
After a bit of thought however, I’m surprised anyone would claim this as their greatest fear. Over 150,000 people die every day. That’s 53,000,000 people each year. At some point, his fear will come true. Being forgotten and suffering such loneliness is unpleasant while one is still alive, but to worry about this after death?
It sounds like hubris.