Freitag, 29. Juni 2012

The Last Lecture

I keep watching/reading "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch. Somehow it just can't let it go; I have to read it over and over and over again. Part of his speech was about "brick walls" and how anybody will have to overcome them along their own career. Now I found out, that they actually named a bridge at Carnegie Mellon after him and put two brick walls on either side of it.

Whenever I read about him it leaves an uncomfortable feeling behind... there are Buddhists, who believe that before you are born, you are able to choose your future reincarnation in great detail. They believe that every being in this world was given a choice and these beings chose, based on the experiences that they wished or needed to acquire. This is partly why Buddha named "desire" as the root cause for reincarnation. Randy Pausch's lecture had such an amazing impact on millions of people watching it and listening to it on youtube.... all around the world he inspired people and gave them the courage and self-esteem to make their  dreams come true.... and yet he had to leave his three kids behind. If I was given the choice to change the world or leave my kids behind, I'd say "Fuck the world".

In the last chapter of his book he talks a lot about his kids and his wife. They hadn't told them about his disease yet and he was still relatively healthy and in good shape. Reading these chapters .... it's difficult to put into words. If you get a chance, grab a copy of the book.


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