Friday, June 22, 2018

RIP: Charles Krauthammer - A Life That Mattered

Living Bravely

I didn't always agree with his views, but by any standard Charles Krauthammer (March 13, 1950 - June 21, 2018) lived an inspiring life. Left paralyzed by a diving accident in his first year at medical school at Harvard, he nonetheless, after more than a year of hospitalization, continued his medical studies and became a board licensed psychiatrist.

His true calling was in politics, as a conservative thinker and writer. He had a brilliant career, earning many awards and accolades, but what sets him apart is the example of his courage, tenacity, and fortitude, in always fighting to live his fullest life regardless of fate threw at him.

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics is a collection of selected previously published essays that span his entire career and cover a multitude of subjects.

Here's the blurb:
From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings.

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades daz­zled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer’s intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume.

Readers will find here not only the country’s leading conservative thinker offering a pas­sionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose views—on feminism, evolution and the death penalty, for example—defy ideological convention. Things That Matter also features several of Krautham­mer’s major path-breaking essays—on bioeth­ics, on Jewish destiny and on America’s role as the world’s superpower—that have pro­foundly influenced the nation’s thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused re­flections on everything from border collies to Halley’s Comet, from Woody Allen to Win­ston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist.

With a special, highly autobiographical in­troduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this indispensible chronicle takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of this extraordinary man. Rest in peace, Dr. Krauthammer.

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