Sam Simon, co-creator of the television show The Simpsons died yesterday from colon cancer. He was 59 years old.
Sam and I have a few things in common. I am a stage four rectal cancer survivor. I am 59 years old. I try to help as many sentient beings (namely animals) as I can.
As soon as he found out about his prognosis, he gave his money (millions of dollars) away to charities helping animals and children. In my opinion Sam exemplifies what it means to be a compassionate being or what I call a bodhisattva.
I am so fortunate to be alive and healthy, but I don’t know how much time I have left to spend on this beautiful planet, so I intend to put that time to good use. I don’t have millions of dollars to donate but I do have time and a willingness to make a difference in an animal’s life. It is humans like Sam who inspire me to be a better person.
Rest in peace Sam Simon, the world is a better place because you were here.