Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Sweet Disciple of Dufresne

In this space, far more often than not, one encounters opinions masquerading as facts as opposed to facts themselves.  Every now and again, however, an actual fact makes an appearance here.  

ALERT:  FACT DEAD AHEAD. 

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the finest films ever made.  The two actors whose relationship forms its core, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, have deservedly won Academy Awards for a performance each has given in another film and have both won critical acclaim for their work in a number of films.  Yet, neither has ever been better than they were in Shawshank.  It is as beautiful and as compelling a film as I have ever seen.  I have never tired of watching it.  I never shall. 

Shawshank was on my mind yesterday when I read that the remarkable young woman, Lauren Hill, had died.   At nineteen, she was imbued with courage and fortitude that at least one forty-eight year-old man I know found to be nothing short of remarkable.  Her on-court exploits were well-chronicled and deservedly so.  I for one did not realize, however, that she raised more than $1.5 Million to help fight Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Giloma, the disease that invaded her brain while she was still in high school and killed her.  

Andy Dufresne observed that each of us has a choice to make:  Get busy living, or get busy dying.  Lauren Hill embraced the former and as the poet might say, that made all the difference.  In her life and in the lives of countless others.

Today.  Tomorrow.  And in the days that shall follow.    

That's goddamn right...


-AK 

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