- miamizsun - Jul 11, 2020 - 8:39am
Words that should be put on the substitutes bench for a year
- steeler - Jul 11, 2020 - 8:34am
Religion as Beer
- Proclivities - Jul 11, 2020 - 8:17am
Radio Paradise Comments
- miamizsun - Jul 11, 2020 - 8:06am
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RP streams in Opus
- Romain98 - Jul 11, 2020 - 6:10am
Today in History
- Red_Dragon - Jul 11, 2020 - 6:00am
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Looting & vandalism isn't protest
- sirdroseph - Jul 11, 2020 - 3:06am
And the good news is....
- BlueHeronDruid - Jul 11, 2020 - 1:03am
AppleTV 4K and Radio Paradise stopping
- edz - Jul 10, 2020 - 10:10pm
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What Did You See Today?
- Antigone - Jul 10, 2020 - 3:26pm
Strips, cartoons, illustrations
- edz - Jul 10, 2020 - 2:45pm
260,000 Posts in one thread?
- oldviolin - Jul 10, 2020 - 2:29pm
Make Scott laugh
- kcar - Jul 10, 2020 - 2:29pm
- R_P - Jul 10, 2020 - 2:16pm
• • • The Once-a-Day • • •
- Red_Dragon - Jul 10, 2020 - 1:57pm
Country Up The Bumpkin
- ptooey - Jul 10, 2020 - 1:00pm
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In My Room
- miamizsun - Jul 10, 2020 - 11:58am
What the hell OV?
- miamizsun - Jul 10, 2020 - 11:54am
Cool Stuff I Really Want
- Proclivities - Jul 10, 2020 - 10:43am
Museum Of Bad Album Covers
- Proclivities - Jul 10, 2020 - 9:36am
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Name My Band
- oldviolin - Jul 10, 2020 - 9:13am
TV shows you watch
- ScottN - Jul 10, 2020 - 8:22am
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Race in America
- sirdroseph - Jul 10, 2020 - 2:57am
Removing rated songs - Cache personalization
- BillG - Jul 9, 2020 - 8:36pm
New Doves album ‘The Universal Want’ coming in September
- miamizsun - Jul 9, 2020 - 8:02pm
Things You Thought Today
- Isabeau - Jul 9, 2020 - 5:50pm
Mixtape Culture Club
- KurtfromLaQuinta - Jul 9, 2020 - 3:40pm
Those Lovable Policemen
- R_P - Jul 9, 2020 - 3:27pm
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Tech & Science
- R_P - Jul 9, 2020 - 12:03pm
One Reason I Don't Trust the Police
- miamizsun - Jul 9, 2020 - 11:19am
RP Daily Trivia Challenge
- ScottFromWyoming - Jul 9, 2020 - 10:32am
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD
- oldviolin - Jul 9, 2020 - 8:53am
Ask the Libertarian
- Lazy8 - Jul 9, 2020 - 7:40am
- kcar - Jul 8, 2020 - 11:13pm
- oldviolin - Jul 8, 2020 - 6:49pm
- oldviolin - Jul 8, 2020 - 4:01pm
what the hell, miamizsun?
- oldviolin - Jul 8, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Happy Birthdy, Ringo Starr
- norbertZ - Jul 8, 2020 - 4:07am
The Obituary Page
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Graphs, Charts & Maps
- R_P - Jul 7, 2020 - 3:18pm
Things that are just WRONG
- kcar - Jul 7, 2020 - 3:00pm
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- ScottFromWyoming - Jul 7, 2020 - 10:36am
HALF A WORLD
- oldviolin - Jul 7, 2020 - 9:16am
Derplahoma Questions and Points of Interest
- Red_Dragon - Jul 7, 2020 - 9:03am
Counting with Pictures
- yuel - Jul 7, 2020 - 7:53am
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Sweet horrible irony.
- kcar - Jul 6, 2020 - 9:36pm
Why are 2 of the best albums of the last decade completel...
- KurtfromLaQuinta - Jul 6, 2020 - 1:55pm
What The Hell Buddy?
- KurtfromLaQuinta - Jul 6, 2020 - 1:31pm
The All-Things Beatles Forum
- Steely_D - Jul 6, 2020 - 11:04am
The Electoral College
- ScottFromWyoming - Jul 6, 2020 - 10:36am
Talk Behind Their Backs Forum
- VV - Jul 6, 2020 - 8:55am
The List of Reasons Why Schlabby Hates People
- sunybuny - Jul 6, 2020 - 7:47am
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What Are You Going To Do Today?
- miamizsun - Jul 6, 2020 - 5:44am
Great Old Songs You Rarely Hear Anymore
- buddy - Jul 5, 2020 - 7:06pm
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Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer
Location: i believe, i believe, it's silly, but I believe
Feb 23, 2015 - 5:02am
A most amazing man.
Feb 21, 2015 - 1:04pm
Location: Half inch above the K/T boundary
Feb 21, 2015 - 11:07am
I too learned of Sacks' condition a few days ago. Sad. Yet...
This man who was such a fine example of the the richness of living may now be an exemplar of the dignity of one's dying. Nevertheless: sad, very sad.
Feb 21, 2015 - 10:46am
from one of my favourite authors...
(...) It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me. I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can. In this I am encouraged by the words of one of my favorite philosophers, David Hume, who, upon learning that he was mortally ill at age 65, wrote a short autobiography in a single day in April of 1776. He titled it “My Own Life.”
“I now reckon upon a speedy dissolution,” he wrote. “I have suffered very little pain from my disorder; and what is more strange, have, notwithstanding the great decline of my person, never suffered a moment’s abatement of my spirits. I possess the same ardour as ever in study, and the same gaiety in company.”
I have been lucky enough to live past 80, and the 15 years allotted to me beyond Hume’s three score and five have been equally rich in work and love. In that time, I have published five books and completed an autobiography (rather longer than Hume’s few pages) to be published this spring; I have several other books nearly finished.
Hume continued, “I am ... a man of mild dispositions, of command of temper, of an open, social, and cheerful humour, capable of attachment, but little susceptible of enmity, and of great moderation in all my passions.”
Here I depart from Hume. While I have enjoyed loving relationships and friendships and have no real enmities, I cannot say (nor would anyone who knows me say) that I am a man of mild dispositions. On the contrary, I am a man of vehement disposition, with violent enthusiasms, and extreme immoderation in all my passions.
And yet, one line from Hume’s essay strikes me as especially true: “It is difficult,” he wrote, “to be more detached from life than I am at present.”
Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.
On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.
This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).
I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.
This is not indifference but detachment — I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future. I rejoice when I meet gifted young people — even the one who biopsied and diagnosed my metastases. I feel the future is in good hands. (...)