The one thing worth reading this week is Christopher Hitchens’ heartbreaking piece on cancer attacking his vocal cords:
“there must be a deep relationship with the word “chord”: the resonant vibration that can stir memory, produce music, evoke love, bring tears, move crowds to pity and mobs to passion. We may not be, as we used to boast, the only animals capable of speech. But we are the only ones who can deploy vocal communication for sheer pleasure and recreation, combining it with our two other boasts of reason and humor to produce higher syntheses. To lose this ability is to be deprived of an entire range of faculty: it is assuredly to die more than a little.”
– I usually don’t write about finance on my blog but this story can’t fail to grab you : the JP Morgan bankers leaping out of Black Hawk helicopters while hunting for Afghan gold (Fortune) ;
– switching to pictures, an amazing photo of four miles of demonstrators in Yemen (Daily Intel) ;
– and also of Southwest Iceland – a set on Flickr ;
– in moving images director Yuen Woo chooses his five favourite martial arts scenes (IFC) ;
– Is a well-lived life worth anything ? (Umair Haque)
Where the pursuit of opulence is predicated on having more, bigger, cheaper, eudaimonia is a more nuanced, complex conception of a good life: it’s about whether or not the pursuit of mere stuff actually translates into living, working, and playing meaningfully better in human terms.
– in the same vein, Robert Krulwich gave some great advice in a commencement speech to Berkeley Journalism School’s Class of 2011 :
What you love can differ, but the love, once it comes, that feeling of waking up with a kind of eagerness, a crazy momentum that pushes you into your day, an excitement you realize you don’t ever want to go way… that’s important.
If you don’t have that feeling, maybe you’re lucky. You can lead a more sane life. But if you do – I say congratulations. You have what it takes to begin.
I am lucky enough to love what I do but I also love my weekends. Have a good one.