When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi. 그리고 아무말도 하지 않았다.

... You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.

... Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.

... Yet the paradox is that scientific methodology is the product of human hands and thus cannot reach some permanent truth. We build scientific theories to organize and manipulate the world, to reduce phenomena into manageable units. Science is based on reproducibility and manufactured objectivity. As strong as that makes its ability to generate claims about matter and energy, it also makes scientific knowledge inapplicable to the existential, visceral nature of human life, which is unique and subjective and unpredictable. Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.

Between these core passions and scientific theory, there will always be a gap. No system of thought can contain the fullness of human experience.


삶을 진정한 삶으로 만드는 것들과 그 의미에 대해 평생 고찰했던 저자. 그가 스스로의 인생에서 추구했던 것들을 배워나갔고, 그에게 일어난 비극적인 일들에 내내 마음이 아팠다. 그리고 미완성인 그의 글을 지나, 그의 부인이 남긴 에필로그에 닿았을 때는 눈물이 방울방울 하염없이 떨어졌다.

Samuel Beckett의 I can't go on, I'll go on. 이란 말을 빌어, 죽음을 정면으로 응시하며 남은 시간을 살아나간 사람. 짧았지만 강렬하고, 밀도 높은, 용감한 인생이었다.


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