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Two days ago, I looked away from the screen and rested my eyes
on my bookshelf. I noticed a book that I had read more than
fifteen years ago when I was discovering my newfound love of
outdoors—Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and
Why by Laurence
Gonzales. It recounts “true stories of miraculous endurance
and sudden death” of people who found themselves stranded
after natural or human-made disasters, climbing accidents,
airplanes crashing in the mountains, and similar. I didn’t
realize it at the time, but the book has shaped my adult life
and me as a person.
- survive (verb): continue to live or exist, especially in
spite of danger or hardship
In the appendix, the author distills twelve points that stand
out concerning how survivors think and behave in the clutch of
mortal danger. I’ll list them here and add my thoughts that
are relevant to the current global situation.
May you live in interesting times, people say. And interesting
they are. Panic has gripped the public, and the global
pandemic is on everyone’s mind. The zeitgeist is such that
even considering discussing something other than the virus
feels wrong. So, let’s write about the virus, or more
precisely, the situation caused by it.
I read Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in
a Distracted World
back in 2016. I took some notes along the way and I recently
realized that I often come back to them. I published them here
for easy access and the ability to share with others.
In a span of several days, I encountered two statements that
resonated with the lifelong learner in me.
As long as you live, learn how to live.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
— Mahatma Gandhi
These two people lived in different times and cultures, but
still managed to share a desire for self-improvement.
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