Powerful words by Oliver Sacks, neurologist and writer, after learning he has terminal cancer. Sacks is mostly known for authoring his autobiography "Awakenings", which was adapted into the famous 1990 movie with Robert de Niro and Robin Williams (who plays Dr. Sacks under a fictional name).

Two parts stand out to me:

"When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death."

And:

"I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."

Sentient. Thinking. Awake.

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