Live Like You Were Dying
Ezra Klein makes a strong point on the matter of whether John Edwards should have pulled out of the presidential race once he learned that his wife’s cancer has returned:
There’s a sort of subtle insinuation that sick people should crawl back into their caves and stay there till they either die or get better. But when you hear the Edwards’s discuss the idea that her cancer is now incurable, that it’s not something she will get better from and so not something where they can hit pause, wait for it to pass, and then resume their lives, you have to think that the question they’re asking themselves is not how can Elizabeth best get well, but how would they like to spend the rest of their years. And knowing her even casually, I’m not surprised to learn the answer is “fighting.”
Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (through the voice of the late Tug McGraw’s boy, Tim) suggested sky diving, Rocky Mountain climbing, and bull riding as worthwhile pursuits knowing that your clock is about to run out. I suppose “trying to make manifest her and her husband’s vision of what America can and should be” stacks up pretty well.