When I searched the Web to confirm my definition of the word “legacy” is correct, the results prioritized the Subaru Legacy automobile. Such is the corporate power of utilizing search engine algorithms. I smiled at the thought that the legacy of the Subaru Corporation will be its Legacy model. Of course the corporate legacy is deeper than that. Their cars and SUVs are built by the auto manufacturing division of the conglomerate, Subaru. That umbrella company used to be known as Fuji Heavy Industries.
It’s important to note that Fuji photographic film from Fujifilm holdings is not related to the Fuji Heavy Industries firm. It is its own multinational conglomerate, building upon its own legacy. It’s easy to see why one of the firms may have decided to change its corporate name.
Multinational conglomerates aside, legacy is a concept that has roots in antiquity. We might think about ancient monarchies who accorded empires and family reputation as inheritances from one generation to the next. Tied up in such legacies are tradition, belief system, philosophy, and heritage. Through the ages, legacy has also come to represent values or basic principles that are handed down from ancestors or predecessors from the past that form a philosophical foundation for those who follow in their footsteps. So, in a manner of thinking, the reputation of the Legacy line of automobiles can actually represent one of the principles of the Subaru Conglomerate.
The other way we envision a legacy, relates to the individual, personal level. One may ponder what she/he will be remembered for after death. What will the obituary contain? More importantly, what will continue to provide inspiration to people in the next generation? One’s legacy can be thought of some type of immortality. For instance, William Shakespeare’s legacy lies in his literary contributions to society. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s legacy is his array of musical compositions.
Meanwhile, the manner in which we live our daily lives and our impact upon those we come in contact is how people remember us. To contemplate one’s possible legacy is a personal matter in a similar fashion as planning one’s goals. It is unwise to reveal either one’s hoped for legacy or one’s goals to others. It is still very important to carefully think both of these concepts through.
As I’ve grown older, more thought goes into how I want to be remembered and less about short-range goals. It’s interesting to observe how my hoped for legacy and my goals have evolved through the years. One might think of a personal legacy as a very long term personal goal that is built upon past actions and reputation.
It’s good to contemplate one’s own legacy. In the end, I hope to have a positive legacy to bequeath upon the future.