Obligations

In the ecstasy of the moments after the winning goal of the world cup, Andres Iniesta was outside of himself.  Yelling, screaming, mad with adrenaline and victory, he stripped off his shirt in a popular gesture.  But Iniesta had another shirt underneath that read Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros – Dani Jarque is always with us, a tribute to a teammate who died suddenly of a heart attack a year ago.  Ecstasy meeting tragedy became a triumph.  That’s the nature of our obligation to those who have gone on before us, a calling not just to the departed but to our better selves – and a deeper appreciation of the moments we have.

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