1. I encountered Dr. Paul Kalanithi for the first time in 2014 via this article in the NYT SundayReview.
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.
The full piece : My Own Life, Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer http://nyti.ms/17u5LNP