"I'd Love a Hot Dog from That Central computer."(Timothy Leary's Son Comments on His Father's death)(Obituary)

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"I'd Love a Hot Dog from That Central computer."(Timothy Leary's Son Comments on His Father's death)(Obituary)


Leary, Zach, Whole Earth


Hello everybody. I'd like to thank all the previous speakers who really rose to the occasion and said some really special words. It hasn't been long enough yet to have some perspective about what Timmy has taught me as a father. All I can say is that he taught me everything. He taught me how to be brave. How to be courageous. How to be gracious. How to use my mind to its full potential. As a young man getting older, I realize more and more what he was about. You know, these things are kind of hard to figure out when you're a kid. I'd like to talk about his death and dying. As I did become older, Timmy did get sicker and sicker. If there is such a thing as a beautiful death, he died it.

Sri Maharani Maharishi, when he was dying, said to his disciples, who were so devastated by his dying, "I'm not leaving you. Where could I go? I'll always be there." Timmy really feels everywhere to me right now. For a man who was so present it's really hard to imagine him going anywhere. Because of that I feel a tremendous sense of joy in the life that he did lead. This is a celebration of a life not of a death. if we as individuals could leave twenty-five percent of what he did, we'd accomplish a lot.

I'd like to share with everybody the last five weeks of his life. He had gone through his whole withdrawal from the human experience here on Earth and started saying some really special things to all of us who were around him, even some things that are completely left for interpretation. I'd just like to share with you some of those things. He said some of them to me and some of them to all of our friends who were around his last few weeks.

* "The way to communicate with another species is by illumination. Light patterns. It has to do with specific and complex languages of light."

* To all of us around the table one day just kind of reminiscing, he said, "We're the best damn people who ever lived - and we're in touch with the ones who aren't."

* On the Monday before be died he asked Camella (a member of our crew) to go paint our patio table white. He explained it by saying, "It's all white. Look at the white light. If you could see what I see when I close my eyes. Brilliant white light."

* He, also aid to Camella just a couple of days before his death, "I'm just barely holding on. …

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