For the Canadians among us, this is a riff on the No-Name brand that’s prevalent up here.
Generally, you would think cancer is a death sentence. Years ago, this would be true.
I’ve had leukemia (CML) for about 22 years now, give or take. Without a wonderful drug called Gleevec, I’d be dead right now. This drug, this man-made life-saver, (now unsurprisingly) saved my life, which in no small measure, improved my quality of life.
Human death takes so much away from us. All that time and effort spent learning, figuring things out, having thoughts, growing, experiencing, just snuffed out at the snap of a finger.
Science is starting to improve the lifespans of everyone beyond what we thought possible, and there are people on the planet – religious people, old-thinking, traditional people, political people, sociopaths – who would hold others back but for their own fears, and lack of societal empathies.
We don’t even know what’s on our own planet yet, and our planet is very, very small in the eyes of the universe. Don’t let anyone else ever tell you they’ve found all the answers, unless they can prove it. Blind faith and faith are two very different things.
Individually, we’ll have little chance of being noticed, but if our society is allowed to continue to grow, and thrive, and succeed, then this universe will have no choice but to see us.
We’ll be too big to ignore.