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|How do we cope with loneliness? Anxiety? The collapse of relationships? How do we reach the quiet, safe layer of our lives? In this compellingly innovative collection of stories, bestselling author Douglas Coupland responds to these themes.|
|In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, ...|
|... is not a defect. To think it is would be like saying that the light of my reading |
lamp is no real light at all because it has no sharp boundary. ... area at all. This
presumably means that we cannot do anything with it.–But is ... The pattern of life,
after all, is not one of exact regularity.”[LWPP I § 211] ... [PI §132] “My method is
not to sunder the hard from the soft, but to see the hardness of the soft.” [NB p.44]
|Pathetic, intimate, inspiring is such testimony to the relationships we establish |
between ourselves and our pictures. ... But far better to have had them than never
to have owned them, for the very revelation they impart of our growing ideals ...
Slowly do we find that most scriptural scenes are not enjoyable; that many story
pictures grow stale; that fruit and flower ... Life, after all, is largely made up of
sequences in emotion, and so what we want to get out of our pictures and to put
into our ...
|We all thought you were lost on Exmoor," said Lady Minton, purring over her |
guest as she poured him out some tea. " Yes ... But I am afraid it is not a sense of
the outraged proprieties which kept me from playing 'kiss-in-the-ring' in the hall. ...
Life, after all, is very like a party to which some one else has insisted on our going
|That person knows how that item should look and function; after all, they |
designed it. But ... We want to have the fullest of life, but we don't want to put in
the time. ... That is not only true while you are living here on earth but when it's
time to exit.
|Let us remember, then, that the object of life, after all, is not what we can do, it is |
not what we can get, it is not enjoyment simply, it is not achievement simply, it is
not success simply. ... These experiences of ours are like the leaves of a tree that
come out and make the tree beautiful. ... Something to love He lends us ; but,
when love is grown To ripeness, that on which it throve Falls off, and love is left
|There is a curious virtue to giving our stuff away, especially if we don't go to the |
mall to buy new stuff to give away but actually give our own stuff away. We have
less, we travel lighter; we are freer, not so tied down. Life, after all, is a pilgrimage
|This is a beautiful, pragmatic point of view, even though it has not yet been |
executed very consistently. For Aristotle, the ... But, in the process, a desire for
them is also created, which no longer belongs to nature, but to culture. I call this
the ... After all, we need orientations for a given, and initially, quite alien domain.
... Human life, after all, is conditioned, and these conditions must be observed in
|Instead, most of the time we simply look inside ourselves as individuals and ask |
ourselves, who do we want to be? Not just what do we want to do, but who do we
want to be? After seminary my first assignment in ministry was to serve as a
college pastor. ... It's all up to you to engineer your life, without any influence from
the generations that preceded you or the community ... Many of us hate the jobs
we've picked, not because they are really so bad, but because we expected them
to be ...