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October 01, 2008

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Tom Welch

Like Mike W, I've paired down all my stuff, so I can put everything in the trunk of my car...except for 5 radios. I have some savings and cash on hand and b/c my cancer I've been able to focus on things that matter most to me.

jeffrey McMahon

The philosopher Pascal said that humans devote their whole lives distracting themselves from their mortality.

Angelo

Material possessions (as opposed to spiritual "possessions") do indeed serve a purpose. My wife is battling cancer. We both got married for the first time in our late 30's---I waited too long for her to come into my life to be able to compartmentalize her illness. It's too much for me to take. But material things (READ RADIOS) are a distraction for me. For her, it might be clothes shopping for our toddler, books on decorating, purchasing new bedding, etc. We balance facing the challenges and reality of saving her life with taking time to think about other things. Material items help---along with a whole lot of prayer. As for less fortunate people in developing or undeveloped nations, I'm not oblivious to them. But it's true that our lust for money and in turn, things, drives us to collectively create the massive wealth that is indeed shared with these people and these governments. Millions and millions of dollars annually, from us, to them, through those fine folks who collect 40% of our paycheck.

jeffrey McMahon

I think harmless distractions, radios, TV shows, to name a couple, are indeed necessary when facing heavy challenges.

Two readers today have discussed the struggle with cancer.

It's really hard to offer solace without dishing out homilies. Still everyone's hopes and best thoughts are with those who are faced with this struggle.

Angelo

And homolies are welcome, as are everyone's prayers. People we've never met are praying for my wife and in an odd way, we actually feel it. We're not extremely religious by any means---actually, probably not religious enough in the standard sense of the word. But wow, when people pray, it lifts you somehow. I'm also amazed at how many people I've come across who are affected by cancer somehow, whether it's them or someone they love.

jeffrey McMahon

I agree that a collective boost can lift the spirit. My cousin is only 55 and she's battling Stage 4 cancer. I don't know how she has so much courage and composure.

Nicolas

I think a truly utilitarian solution to humanity's woes is to collectively stand in line and b!tch slap Singer, as it will serve the higher good. that should wake him and get him to step foot out of his ivory tower.

jeffrey McMahon

I've read some absurd positions from Singer and I've seen him develop people's ire, for sure, but he does challenge people, so I give him credit for that.

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