This tribute is to Professor Liviu Librescu, who, at age 76, was still giving the world the benefit of his brilliant mind and still giving his loving heart and wisdom to his students at Virginia Tech.
On Monday, April 16, 2007, he lost his life while actively barricading and protecting the otherwise unlockable classroom door, giving his students valuable time to escape by alternate routes.
Dr. Librescu was a World War 2 Holocaust survivor. How ironic that he should lose his life in ‘the Land of Freedom’, which took him decades to reach, and whose Peace and Protection had been dearly earned.
Maybe it was the recognition of Evil coming, yet again, that helped Dr. Librescu act so quickly — giving his students those precious minutes, to return them to Life, while he took his chances and faced the Great Evil, alone, yet not-Alone.
As an educator, I especially feel the poignancy of his solitary stand on behalf of his students, for I always was completely aware of the Great Trust which society and parents had placed in me, to care for and protect their children, whatever might befall us, on my Watch.
The fact that these students were college age helps, but Dr. Librescu understood the Trust. His very name embodies it … Live, Liberate, Rescue.
I wonder if it is a Sign. The energetic Power of our Name is crucial to who we are. The Lord creates by the Power of the Word.
Maybe Liv Librescu was born to show us the way, at this Time of Crisis and Decision. His selfless action is a benchmark for us to reflect on the mutual responsibility we have to one another and the personal Courage we must foster in ourselves.
Each day is a Gift. No person knows what will be asked of themselves, and we are to spend a life-time cultivating our Spirit to be as Wise and Loving and Courageous as we can possibly be, so that we can stand on the side of Goodness and be in the Light of Knowledge for as much of our individual Time as possible.
All-the-while we need to try to make a contribution to the betterment of Earth and all who dwell therein. Liv did all of this.
The diminutive Dr. Librescu had survived the German concentration labor camps as a teenager, returned to the oppressive Communist regime in Romania and only was able to flee to Israel in 1978 and then onward to America in 1985.
His 20 years in America let him aid the world as the brilliance of his mind helped make aeronautical and space travel safer. So, his legacy will last. Remember him each time you or loved ones fly. And pray for Peace for his family, please.
For me at least, his Greater Legacy is the clarion call to be Vigilant and Courageous and to Act, as otherwise Evil can triumph. Aim to live a worthy Life, as he did.
By the work of our hands and hearts shall we be known. And as we spiral into the the vortex of the Unity, from the butterfly-moment Life we have experienced, a Transformation happens as we Understand and Return. Hopefully, that will ease his family’s pain and our pain at the loss of a Good Soul in our corner.
Thank you, Liviu. And may your Spirit rest with the Peaceful and Loving Oneness.
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