The Last Post

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Writer, Philosopher, Thinker, Musician, Artist

The Anonymous Revolutionary – Max Edwards, our son – died on 26th March 2016, age 16.

He loved writing this blog and sharing his ideas with you.  In the later months of his life in particular it was a great source of comfort to him.

Thank you all for your support.

Thank you all for making a young revolutionary very happy.

Dan & Jenny x

207 thoughts on “The Last Post

  1. I have never posted a comment before, but I have read all of your blogs and your newspaper article. I am typing this with tears in my eyes because, although I have never met you, I feel like I have lost a friend – wise and dear friend. Life has been so cruel to you, but you have burned so brightly! Your courage and insight is an inspiration to me and, I’m sure, countless others. My hear goes out to your family. Thank you AR, you are beautiful in every way x

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  2. You were an intelligent and eloquent young man, taken away from us all too soon. Quoting your very own words, you were a dot – merely one of seven billion people in this world. But you were special, and that’s why you will be remembered despite your short life. My condolences to your family. Rest in peace, dear Max.

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  3. Some people think Marxists have to be rough and brutish, or cold and calculating. But you were none of those things! You were kind, sensitive, funny and irreverent. But above all you were caring. I shall miss you terribly. We will all miss you terribly. My heart goes out to your family. You’ll hate me for saying it it but God bless you, Max X

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  4. I’m lost for words and moved to tears at this sad news. You were an inspiring young man; I wish I’d had the chance to meet you and I shall miss reading your blog. My thoughts are with you and your family. x

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  5. Hello

    I am so sorry and upset to read this. What a brave, beautiful and intelligent young man. I am sure you are both devastated. I wish you strength in the days and years ahead. Rest in peace Max.

    God bless and deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Clare

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  6. Jenny & Dan

    You must be so very very sad, but must also be amazingly proud. Max was such an inspiration to so many.

    Thinking of you all

    With love

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  8. I only found Max through his Guardian article, which is one of the most remarkabley well-written and eloquent things I have read and have been enjoying reading though his blog. So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with you all.

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  9. So sorry to hear this very sad news. I was never fortunate enough to have met Max but what an inspiring young man. Sending strength to your family x

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  10. Max – like all meaningful revolutionaries you have left an indelible footprint on this world that will last forever. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Jenny, Dan and family over your incredible loss.

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  11. The world has lost an incredibly talented, articulate, intelligent, courageous, inspiring and thought provoking young man far too soon. My heartfelt condolences to you, the wider family and to Max’s friends. I am only sorry I never had the opportunity to meet Max . Having lost one of my own siblings at an early age I know the journey to come for all of you will be an incredibly difficult one but I have no doubt Max learned his strength from you and I hope you can all find some comfort in the pride you must feel having brought such an amazing young man into this world.

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  12. So sorry and sad to hear this news. The world has lost a wonderful thinker and writer.

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    Linda

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  13. The saddest words to read. I’ve followed Max’s blog for several months in awe and admiration. Jenny and Dan and family- all our thoughts are with you.

    Much love
    Tony, Emma, Kesiah, Eumie, Hanniah & Noah

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  14. I am sorry to hear this news. Max was a very talented young man, who will have inspired many people through his blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Best wishes, Paul

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  15. Thanks and praise for this life well lived and his heroism in the last 7 months. There are no sufficient words of consolation for Jenny, Dan, Esme & Toby, or at least I can’t find them, but Max is someone to be so so proud of and his force remains with us through his love, care and wisdom.
    Andy

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  16. So sorry to read this. A young man of courage, integrity and fierce intellect. It was an honour to know him, however briefly. Our thoughts are with his family. Kate Vernon-Rees and family

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  17. I am so very sad to read this. A brilliant & inspiring young man who lived a bright & special life many will never know. I only hope that the strength & positivity you gave to him is with you all now. Sending love & solidarity to Jenny, Dan, Esme & Toby. Niki, Lol, Millie & Finley Xxx

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  18. All my love and thoughts to you Dan, Jen and the kids. What an amazing and inspirational young man, my life is greatly enriched for having read these blog posts and I’m sure countless others feel the same. Deepest sympathies xxxxx

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  19. ‘Pretty soon I came to realise that it doesn’t make any difference if you’ll be dead in 10 years or two months; you still get up, have a shower and make a cup of tea.’

    An utterly remarkable young man. Witty, erudite and profoundly heroic. Everything any one of us could ever hope to be… Thank you Max.

    Dan, Jenny and the whole family – my most sincere condolences.

    Sending you all love, Ajay.

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  20. So sorry to hear that Max has gone. What an incredible, inspiring young man. The world is a richer place because he has lived in it and he touched the lives of so many in such a loving and positive way. Seeing him at his London book launch you would never have guessed that he was so very ill, as he radiated a true sense of calm and happiness. Thinking of you all and sending love and hugs and kisses xxxxx

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  21. I only heard about Max’s story a couple of days ago when I read the guardian article he had written, and felt inspired and truly moved by what he had to say. He was an incredible young man, and I have been moved to read several of his articles in the past couple of days. The world will be a lesser place without your son in it, but he will live forever in those he has inspired with his words.
    Love and condolences to your family at this dark time, Emily.

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  23. The whole of my family, right down to our 7 year old, were inspired by Max and his amazingly mature and philosophical equanimity when dealing with his illness. He was such a huge thinker and I know his ideas and his specialness will go on and on — and even grow. What a gorgeous , gorgeous boy — we would have all loved to have met him.

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  25. If we are weighed by our words and actions you will never be a dot but a person of rare qualities and that’s the most any of us can achieve

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  26. All my sympathy to you Dan and Jenny!
    I am thinking of you and the pain you must endure. I truly hope that you will find some peace in the future.
    I am sending you a big hug from Germany. I am enjoying your sons blog. God bless you all!

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  27. Max changed the way I think about living, and dying, from his blog and his Guardian piece. I’ve mentioned his attitude to others since; I feel humbled that a 16-year-old can teach a middle-aged person like me how to be. His talent as a writer and thinker was remarkable. He has left a mark on many who did not know him and I feel so sad that his life was this short and for the pain his family must be feeling. Max’s legacy is profound; I am shocked it came quite so soon but his philosophy, personal and political, will live on with very many of us. Deepest condolences to you all.

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  28. Dear Jenny and Dan, You are in our thoughts and prayers. I have enjoyed Max’s writing. What a wonderful young man. We are so sorry for your loss. The Addyman family.

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  29. I wish I had found this young man’s website before he died. I would have assured him that there is life after death.

    In November 2010 my best friend died of cancer, and two months later in mid January she briefly appeared to me in my apartment in the far east, a place she had never been to. I can provide more details if required. Also, In 2012 my then girlfriend’s daughter aged 12 also died of cancer, and in both cases life after death was shown to us in very graphic detail, and there are more cases I can refer to.

    If i had known about Max, I would have corresponded with this young man to give him assurance that we don’t just go out like a light. It seems to be particularly true to those, who in earthly life, raise their spirituality and self awareness, and I’m not referring to religion here at all. . Your son’s awareness and acceptance of his earthly fate probably raised his spiritual awareness even if only subconsciously, and I believe, if you look around you now and in the near future, I think you might just see evidence of his continued existence both here and on the spiritual plane. You will be able to sense his presence. I don’t write this lightly, I too have suffered loss. Eventually, the grieving will stop and soon only the good memories of your beautiful son will fill your thoughts.

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  30. Such terribly sad news Jenny.
    Max was a remarkable, inspirational young man with oodles of talent who has touched so many hearts.
    Our thoughts are with you all

    Carol & Ewan xx

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  31. I just discovered this blog today, after reading an article on your son in The Guardian. I immediately sent the link to my son, age 15. He is a passionate reader of Marx, Lenin, Camus, Sartre–anything that speaks to the philosophy of social justice. He is also a bit of an oddball, and is pretty aware that most kids don’t share his passion for these ideas. He was thrilled, this morning, to begin reading your son’s blog. He said “someone has to carry on the work.” I smiled and said he had a ways to go before he wrote as well as your son did. But I just wanted to share that with you–your son has given my lonely revolutionary a role model, and an intellectual comrade–something he desperately needed. My condolences to you, and my thanks, also.

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  32. Dan & Jenny

    Your son was an unbelievable young man.
    My mother works with aunt Carmel in belfast
    And I live in Florida. I enjoyed all the blogs
    From your wonderful son.

    In our thoughts and prayers at this very heartbreaking time.

    Grainne Pope xo

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  34. A brief encounter with a shooting star that left me – all of us – breathless, dazzled and admirative. I wish you, Max’s wonderful family, the ability to face the future with the same courage that he displayed during his tragically short life. xx

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  35. My sincere condolences, I recently heard about Max via the Guardian
    And found him inspirational. I wish I could have met him

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  36. Also found my way here via the Guardian and even a brief read makes me wish I had found it before.
    Thank you AR for this – made this sometime jaded old gloomy socialist feel more than little bit moved.

    My condolences to you as a family.

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  37. To my shame I only learned about yourself and your blog after your tragic passing but from all I have read so far you were an incredibly bright, funny, kind and thoughtful young man. Speaking as a fellow 16 year old I find it frustrating as to how people of our generation are represented on the internet and in daily life as unengaged, loud and stupid. However reading your writing I would like to say thank you (although I wish I could have said this when you were on this earth with us) not only for sharing your incredible writing and thoughts with is but for being someone that defied the stereotypes of people our age. Hopefully some will be willing to hear the voices of our generation with a more open mind after reading all you have said; rest in peace Max it would have been a privilege to have known you during your time and if a heaven does indeed exist then I know it is where you are.

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  38. My heart breaks for all of you who loved him and looked after him in these last weeks. Max taught me more about what’s terribly wrong with the US Elections than any Ph.D. I know. I have posted about him for weeks now and celebrated his blog with my friends and colleagues and somehow I thought some of the new treatments might keep here longer, to write more, think more, offer more of his observations on this world we lived in. I wish you, his family, comfort at this time, and I want you to know that Max touched radicals from the Caribbean all the way to Canada, and I am one such person, moved and galvanized by his thinking. Peace and (secular) Blessings, Faizal Deen

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  39. “The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”
    ― Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching

    I was so saddened to hear that Max died yesterday.

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