“Years ago, it had occurred to me that Darwin and Nietzsche agreed on one thing: the defining characteristic of the organism is striving.”- Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
Kalanithi’s writing about his undergraduate experiences and the balance of science as well as literature felt so familiar to me. Before, I felt guilty that I loved both literature and science, while my friends just loved science singularly and looking on the outside, I saw their wholehearted fanaticism toward science akin to my immense love for stories and books. I was split between two vastly different things. However, as time goes on, I’ve seen that both are incredibly similar. Both science and literature are searching for answers to the unknown, whether that’s answers about ourselves or others.