chapter THIRTEEN

A Model for Living

Man is born to live, not to prepare for life. Life itself, the phenomenon of life, the gift of life, is so breathtakingly serious!

—Boris Pasternack

On November 27, 2010, the New York Times business section ran this story:

[Last June] when Mr. [Gordon] Murray, a former bond salesman for Goldman Sachs who rose to the managing director level at both Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston, decided to cease all treatment … for his glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, his first impulse was not to mourn what he couldn’t do anymore or to buy an island or to move to Paris. Instead, he … channeled whatever remaining energy [he had into writing a book, The Investment Answer, with a friend and financial adviser] ...

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