Oliver sacks died today. This was something that we knew would happen; he told us so in his familiar matter-of-fact way last February. Still, it comes as a blow to to joy in the world. His insights and curiosity remind me to keep seeking that "good and worthwhile life." Thank you, Dr Sacks, for your questions, your answers, and your reassurances.
"[N]ow, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one's life as well, when one can feel that one's work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest." ~Oliver Sacks.