Reflections on Hoffman’s Passing

Another “Brief Candle” Goes Out: A Brief Reflection on the Passing of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman 

By Ken K. Gourdin

Dan Peterson at Patheos just posted a reflection on the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.1  Here’s an excerpt:

“Life is fragile.  We’re all only a few heartbeats, a handful of brainwaves, away from death.  However prodigiously talented we may be, however wealthy, however famous and glamorous, or however obscure and ordinary.

“Just something to think about.

“Not morbid.  Realistic.”

And here is my reply:

Very true. The reality is, none of us knows how long we have left, whether it be years, months, weeks, days, or hours. Nor do we know how our demise might come (so even the healthiest of us is ignorant of how he might leave this life). The most we can do, in the immortal words of Col. Sherman T. Potter of M*A*S*H, is “hit what’s pitched,” put whatever time we have left to the best use we can, and work as hard as we can to leave with as few regrets as possible.

The good news is, this is only the second act in a three-act production.


1. Daniel C. Peterson (February 2, 2014) “Phillip Seymour Hoffman (d. 2 February 2014, at age 46),” (Blog post) accessed at the following address on February 2, 2014:

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Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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