I read with sadness, today, of the impending death of Charles Krauthammer, a unique mind, gifted writer, television commentator, political analyst and gentle spirit. Krauthammer, himself, wrote to his colleagues about his lost battle with cancer and the doctors’ edict that he had but a few weeks to live.
I’d like to share his closing paragraph in his farewell column in today’s newspapers:
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life I intended.”
The life of Charles Krauthammer is a lesson — as clear and inexplicable as a dewdrop.
Krauthammer, now 68, was a Harvard medical student, brilliant, ambitious, physically fit and looking forward to a career in neurosurgery, but, in a moment, a diving accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Determined, he remained in medical school, switched career goals, graduated, and went into psychiatry, psychiatric research and more.
But we came to know him as a face on television, commentator and noted author. We admired his piercing insightfulness about many things: ethical matters (embryonic stem cell research and cloning), politics, government, global issues, as well as his humor. (Yes, he could be very funny.)
It’s always sad to say goodbye, but no one has done it so well as Dr. Charles Krauthammer and I thank him for it.