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“The Noble Spirit” – Not Giving in to Death

“The Noble Spirit” – Not Giving in to Death

Dying.

We’re all going to do it, but we really don’t want to think about it until our mortality catches up with us, forcing us to confront it.

When someone dies we ask “From what?” A common enough question today, but as Kathryn Schulz’ story, Final Forms: What death certificates can tell us, and what they don’t, in the April 7, 2014 issue of The New Yorker tells us, it has only been in rather recent times that the cause of death, rather than merely its occurrence, became important enough for society began to record it.

There are, of course, many ways “to go,” and most of us know someone, or someone who knows someone, who died from diseases such as cancer or heart attack that affect large numbers of the populace.

We normally don’t get to choose our life’s “exit strategy,” but nearly all of us would probably prefer to “die with our boots on” like heroes in a cowboy movie, or better yet, “in our sleep,” as quickly as painlessly as possible.

But few would choose to die from the disease that took the life of one of America’s most celebrated major league baseball players, Lou Gehrig.

And that includes Fred Noble, the subject of a new documentary film, The Noble Spirit.

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