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Dan Phiffer Dan Phiffer is an Internet enthusiast based in Troy, NY

Oliver Sacks is dying of terminal cancerwww.nytimes.com

Reading this made me wonder how much time any of us has left. To what degree do each of us belong to the future?

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any 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 — even the one who biopsied and diagnosed my metastases. I feel the future is in good hands.

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