Today’s post covers two quite disparate (or maybe not quite so disparate) topics. First, we wish to remember Oliver Sacks, renowned neurologist and author, who died today at age 82. Sacks helped to humanize our view on neurological disorders–a wonderful example on how scientific insight can be couched in compassion. Sacks was not religious, but in one of his last essays, he described his state of mind in biblical language:
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.
He will be missed.
Sacks’ death is a reminder that we all are headed, inevitably, towards the end of this gifted life, and that we are asked to live it to the fullest as long as we are here. To this end, many people find it helpful to intentionally adopt spiritual practices. And as “Progressive Redneck preacher” puts it, such practices may take about any form–including good, old-fashioned porch-sitting and chair-rocking.