sobering

Two entirely unrelated things that I encountered today, both of which will stay in my head for a fair while:

I always knew that form could trump function to the detriment of value, but, as someone with verbal chops that I will immodestly describe as “above the norm”, I found this article about the perils of glibness to be quite compelling. (I suspect there is also peril to be found in long sentences, but what’s life without a little danger?)

On CBC this morning, I heard an interview with the first person to donate part of his liver to a stranger in Canada. The most affecting part of the interview was probably the passage that begins at about 7:20 in, with this from Mr. Gosling:

What separates me from the other people that don’t do this? The same thing, I suppose, that separates me from others who do much more.

Andy and the bio-ethicist from TGH weren’t the only ones tearing up during that segment, I have to confess.

one comment to “sobering”

  1. entered 22 April 2006 @ 10:27 am

    Sobering and inspiring are tales of generousity between people. It happens more often than we hear. While I was living in NC, this event was in the local and national news for months: [NYT article].

    Grace notes of pure and simple goodness such as these eclipse the depressing impression the nightly news (usually) gives of the hope for humanity. Thanks for reminding us.

  2. entered 22 April 2006 @ 1:25 pm

    Wow, that’s one heck of a guy. Interesting was this little paragraph:

    A team of 14 physicians, psychiatrists, nurses and social workers questioned Gosling to ensure his motives were pure, and that he wasn’t doing it because he had a death wish or was seeking atonement for past wrongs.

    The last sentence got me thinking about the TV show “My Name Is Earl”.