DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH

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There are authors you love from far away, with a certain dose of respect that keeps the distance. And then there’s Sir Terry Pratchett you can only love as a best friend( maybe the only everlasting form of love).

A friend that makes you laugh no matter how bad your day was, one that puts all your thoughts, irony, sarcasm or sadness in perfect words and funny moments, funny because they are true and they speak of you, and him and the whole wide world with so much wit, and joy of life and love.

Today the world has lost one of its brilliant minds, and I, as tens of thousand or maybe millions of readers have lost one of the best and oldest friends.

I am incredibly sad because in this age of loss of reason, extremism, manipulation and terrible fights with ignorance we needed his guiding light and words. I know he did not fear death as he feared his loss of reason due to his terrible ilness, but I cannot stop from being selfish and wishing him to be still with us, writing so many stories that need to be told, being a friend to so many people who need him as I did.

There are only a couple of people I wished to have met in real life, though I would have most certainly found myself unable to speak to them, but Sir Terrry is one of them. I am most certainly sorry that there will no one to put into words his encounter with Death, because I am sure that Death riding Binky greeted him to the other side.

And this is just one of the many reasons Terry Pratchett will always be one of the writers dearest to my heart:

All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

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