“When I die” di Philip Gould WATCH THE VIDEO
This video documents the final weeks of Lord Philip Gould (Tony Blair's former pollster and one of the main architects of New Labour), before he died of cancer, in November 2011, when he was 61 years old.
In the last days of his life, he and his family commissioned a short film documenting his quest to find purpose and meaning in what he called “The Death Zone”.
"It is only when you are told you are going to die that life screams at you in its intensity," Lord Gould says in the video. He describes his final journey as "the most exciting and most extraordinary period" of his life and talks about having “more moments of happiness in the last five months than in the last few years".
"As long as I look death in the eye – he says again - and as long as I accept that I can choose the death that I seek and the death that I choose I have some freedom. I have some power. I have some possibility to shape for myself my own death and at that moment I have a kind of freedom."
This is an intimate and moving portrait on a man who demonstrate a great strength and serenity, even if he is going to die. His words are a wonderful lesson on the meaning of life, also on the importance of living the present with intensity and awareness, appreciating all that life has to offer, day by day.