Louis Gifford has just written about his heroes (must read here). One of mine is Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who has written extensively about his observations in the most humble and honest way. In his recent book ‘Hallucinations‘ he says,
‘To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see overall patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or at least the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology or in states of mind which allow us to travel to other worlds, to transcend out immediate surroundings. We need detachment of this sort as much as we need engagement in our lives’.
Pain certainly consumes and limits, providing resistance and barriers to many of these facets of living. We must consider these on an individual basis when tackling the unique problem of pain.