Life imitates art.
Happy Monday everyone.
Happiness schmappiness.I think the pursuit of it, and our focus on it, is narcissistic. I don’t think that should be the goal in life. I think the goal in life is to have a good life — rich, fulfilled, filled with love — and have a sense that you are doing something to make the world a better place — and then happiness is a byproduct of a life well lived.
Yesterday’s show looked at ethical issues involved in organ donation:
Dick Teresi, is the author of a new book about how medicine is blurring the line between life and death. For example, if you have opted to be an organ donor, if you are declared brain-dead after that declaration, you may be placed back on a ventilator to keep your lungs working and heart beating until after the organ removal process.
Last week in a Wall Street Journal article adapted from his book, Teresi said that when we choose to be organ donors, we are not really giving our informed consent, and he laid out some facts about organ donation that you may not know.
But doctors and others who work with organ donation programs say that Teresi is unnecessarily frightening people and could discourage people from becoming organ donors. We’re going to hear from Teresi and then from transplant surgeon Dr. Richard Freeman, chair of the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School.
As long as I can do my work and continue to enjoy myself working on words … I feel fulfilled. My body causes me trouble when I cross the room, but when I am sitting down writing, I am in my heaven — my old heaven. I began writing when I was 12, I don’t think very well. But I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s been the center of my life with loves and children, but writing is something I have that not everyone has that I adore.
— On today’s Fresh Air, poet Donald Hall reflects on aging, writing and his life.
You can blame it all on bad luck, but in the end, maybe we just weren’t that good. Sometimes you gotta know when to quit. - School of Rock (2003)
On today’s Fresh Air: Mike White and Laura Dern.
Today’s Fresh Air is about the ongoing search for life in the universe: "There are undoubtedly billions or trillions of planets out there and there are most likely billions in the Milky Way itself — just one of billions of galaxies. There are billions of planets in habitable zones in relation to their stars that would allow for water to be liquid and for other important conditions for life."
Why? Because It’s Thursday: Here are some random and useless — and in some cases downright preposterous — inventions that LIFE has curated from its archives. (And yes, they’re on Tumblr, too)