Should you dare to read some of the comments attached to some of the stories about Hoffman’s choice today, you will plenty of disgust that a man who was able to support a serious drug habit adamantly refused to leave any money to his own children. But he placed his faith in his children’s mother to provide for them, and the intention seems clear – forgoing the trust fund was not a punishment, but a gift. It was a hope that they would grow up to be curious, independent, contributing human beings. Why else would he also have stipulated in his will that “It is my strong desire [that] my son, Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan [or] Chicago, Illinois, or San Francisco, California. The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer”? He didn’t want to leave his children mere money. He wanted to leave them the things money can’t buy – experience, diversity, opportunity. And that’s a legacy they can be proud of.