“Being Mortal”

Few books so effectively combine the mundane and the profound as does Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. It bemoans the fact that technological society has lost touch with “the art of dying.” No human story is complete without the conclusion of our finite time, and yet as authors of our own life we avoid scripting it. We hardly even discuss it.  As a result, we deprive ourselves of an opportunity to craft and savour the miraculous wholeness of life. Hugh Taft-Morales explores Gawande’s insights about medicine, its limits, and what matters in the end.

Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.

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