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August 04, 2010

The Topic of Cancer

A report from Christopher Hitchens from unfamiliar country.

All too familiar to some of us.

A warning: Upsetting stuff related by a master of prose.

Myself, I love the imagery of struggle. I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient. Allow me to inform you, though, that when you sit in a room with a set of other finalists, and kindly people bring a huge transparent bag of poison and plug it into your arm, and you either read or don’t read a book while the venom sack gradually empties itself into your system, the image of the ardent soldier or revolutionary is the very last one that will occur to you. You feel swamped with passivity and impotence: dissolving in powerlessness like a sugar lump in water.

God bless you, Mr. Hitchens. I know you don't see it this way but you are still doing the Lord's work.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 4, 2010 05:48 PM