One of the most important things I think a person can do is remember. That is why I started my journal in college. At first, I had things to do which I needed to be reminded of. Then I learned things I didn’t want to forget.
I think the worst curse I can say to someone, after “May you live in interesting times” is “I will forget you. I will forget what you have done”. Within the past year, I have been doing some more close reading about the written work of several authors and about their lives. There are some writers whose work I feel is so foul, or worse, their actions while alive were so vile, that I feel they deserve to be forgotten. The worst thing you can do to someone who leaves a creative legacy is forget them and their efforts.