I saw Springsteen on Wednesday night. After watching him perform for almost four hours, I felt so fortunate to have seen him sing and play almost a dozen times over the course of my lifetime.
As I exited the stadium, I thought, "That man can never die. No one does it like him. No one will ever do it that way again. We need that man."
It got me to thinking:
If the Gods were kind and just, they would allow humankind to choose immortals. Human beings who we decide are so universally unique and beloved and needed that we can freeze them in time. Stop their aging process. Hold them as we have them now and forever more.
And it's not like we need an infinite amount of immortals. Let's say that we get ten names. Ten immortals to keep with us forever.
This is what I proposed to my friends as we left the stadium.
Who would those ten people be?
I added the stipulation that the person needs to be alive today. While someone like Abraham Lincoln might be deserving of immortality, once a person is dead, they cannot be brought back.
Given these parameters, which ten people deserve immortality? Who would we choose to keep in place forever?
Bruce Springsteen is on my list.
I have yet to find a second name worthy of inclusion.