The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
Janet Stursberg from Vancouver, B.C. sent us this Flash Mob tribute to Nelson Mandela by the Soweto Gospel Choir. It was held in a Woolworths store in South Africa. In Janet's words, this is a "three hankies moment." If, for some reason, it is not on your redar screen, please take the time to view it. Click below, or go to this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHHjP7XrBq0&feature=youtube_gdata_player) for full screen. Mahalo, Janet!!
In March of 2012, Ronny Edry, and Israeli graphic designer, posted an image on FaceBook that, to his surprise, went viral. In fact, he accidentally created an online movement for peace in the Middle East. You can click on the image below, but it may be better to go to this link: Ronny Edry Ted.com.
Edry and thousands of like-minded individuals have built bridge in the Middle East between the people of Iran and Israel. They do not consider themselves to be enemies. They love each other. While the leaders of their countriesstrut around on their self-important stages prophesizing war, large segments of the citizenry proclaim graphic messages of peace.
Carl Sagan, astronomer and philosopher, died in 1996. Quite by chance, we stumbled on a You Tube video of his: Pale Blue Dot This is extraordinary -- only around three minutes. Well worth viewing.
"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at
it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone
you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their
lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings..." Read more
"What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last
chance? For Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, the question isn't
rhetorical -- he's dying of cancer." (from WSJ article)
Ben Barankin sent us the link to an inspiring article about a Carnegie Mellon Proffesors: "Last Lecture."
The article will be available on the Wall Street Journal's web site for another five days (but those with access to a college or university library may be able to access it longer).
This is a "must read, must see" for all of us -- so please take the time.
Dr. Pausch', a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, had been invited to give his "last Lecture; but the speech was more than just an academic exercise. The 46-year-old father of three has pancreatic cancer and expects to live for just a few months. His lecture, using images on a giant screen, turned out to be a rollicking and riveting journey through the lessons of his life.
In this Electonic Age the WSJ is not the only show in town. Professor Pausch's oration can be viewed on YouTube It is well worth the time.
The concept of one's last lecture is a valid one. We can think of what this would mean for us to deliver and whose "Last Lecture" we'd particularly like to hear.