One piece of wisdom in the article spoke to me particularly, was one who struggles with the feeling that I must somehow take responsibility for the troubles of the world. "There is no time for anything inessential," Sacks wrote
I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at "Newshour" every night. I shall no longer pay attention to politics or arguments about global warming. This is not indifference but detachment--I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future, I rejoice when I meet gifted young people... [and] I feel the future is in good hands.That's an elegant withdrawal, a beautiful expression of trust, and and an admirable optimism for the future of our species. It's a kind of serenity I would do well to emulate. Because, yes, even though I carry as yet no death sentence, as does Sacks, these things are already out of my hands. I look to my children and my grandchildren, and wish them well.