July 28, 2017
“What patients seek is not scientific knowledge that doctors hide but existential authenticity each person must find on her own.”
“Yes, I knew. It was up to me, to quote her oft-repeated refrain, to find my values.”
- Paul Kalanithi in When Breath Becomes Air.
Values are not things we find; they are choices we make, and commitments we forge. “Existential authenticity” is a mere byproduct of existential authority.
There are no answers but your own.