I met Simon at theRSA.org, talking about his accident and his book. And to some extent, about life per SE. Simon's life - pre-accident - was an inspiration, as a film-maker. Maybe his profession taught him that nothing is impossible for the person who normally gets it done while the rest watch in astonishment. Rain-maker. Post-accident, this marvellous human being, applied the same principles to what everybody else would have considered a very difficult if not impossible task: rebuilding himself, thru understanding and self introspection, but also by analizing and working "the system". His views about necessary reform of the care system into a more patient (driven) centric, are obvious to him. While I would personally agree, in practice we have today a system in which the patient is the follower, and Simon advocates a system which is driven by the patient. Maybe one size does not fit all, not everybody has the drive to get rebuilt and taken from a wheelchair, maybe we need a two lane medical system, but people like Simon (and myself) would definitively prefer a system where people are proactively told the options. In summary, a great book, full of insights in the medical system, full of details useful to many people, but fundamentally a philosophic view on life.
I have to disclaim that while religious and ethnic roots explain many of the personality traits exhibited in this book, you can have similar approaches to life coming from entirely different roots, I.e. while there is correlation, and probably causality, it's not bi-univocal exclusive causality. For the next director-cut, leave some in the cutting room.
A great book, highly recommended!!!