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Irish doctor with too many thoughts, too little time and a blog that's supposed to check in on reality.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

That Glittering Instrument - The Human Soul

Currently studying for exams (tommorrow!) - instead of studying per se I'm surfing the net.
This story is a such a hopeful story! Fireman's recovery stuns doctors - after being in a coma for 2 months and then spending the next 10 years blind and unable to speak or recognise anyone, Donny Herbert, a fireman who was injured severely in the course of his work has started talking to his family again.
The video clips of his family with him during his illness are so humbling and inspiring - his young sons interacting with him so naturally despite his many impairments is testament to the human spirit.
Again instead of studying I was re-reading East of Eden by Steinbeck at the weekend - this paragraph struck me for the first time and seems very appropiate -
"And I feel that I am a man. And I feel that a man is a very important thing—maybe more important than a star. This is not theology. I have no bent toward gods. But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed—because "Thou mayest.""

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