Perhaps it’s time to send our Puritanical ideals to the curb.
I acknowledged in another post that I have biases and prejudices. It’s part of being human. Fortunately, I can do something about those prejudices – especially when those prejudices interfere with my life or the lives of others.
I grew up in a time and place where white men were at the top of the social food chain with women and minorities far below them in the social stratus. Today, thanks to the courage of millions of conscientious people, my world (American) has changed substantially overall. Still there are pockets of resistance in my prejudicial world. One of my vestigial prejudices is homophobia.
Homophobia is a term for a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and people identified or perceived as being homosexual. Definitions of the term refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and irrational fear. (Wikipedia.org)
Balance is not the goal of life – non-resistance to change is the goal.
Most people think of change only when something happens in their life – like a hurtful breakup, a death in the family, a traumatic event or series of events, etc. – some perceived negative experience or situation that DRIVES them to seek change from what they perceive as overwhelmingly uncomfortable.
But my feeling about change is much broader – involving the concept of evolution.
My belief is that true balance is only achieved in death (oblivion) – because absolute balance is the null or non-existent state (energy state zero). Energy can only be energy as it is compared to no energy (energy state zero).
During the 1980s, then President Ronald Reagan often chastised the then Communist government of the Soviet Union for having such a high number of prison inmates in proportion to their general population. Now that the Soviet “yoke” has been removed, Russia has greatly reduced its ratio of prisoners per capita. Although they still rank second world-wide, I applaud their efforts at reforming their penal system and laws.
The United States, in the meantime has caught up and surpassed the old Soviet Union for ratio of prisoners to general population. The USA, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave now houses more prisoner per capita than any other nation on earth – at 715 per 100,000 the US holds more than the old USSR (NationMaster.com) and almost twice as many as second ranked Russia.
Can a bottle of water make you smarter?
Researchers from the University of East London and the University of Westminster in the UK have discovered an interesting correlation between test grades and water bottles. To wit: students who brought a water bottle with them into the testing room consistently scored higher than those who did not bring a water bottle with them.
Further, those same students who did well with a bottle of water fared less favorably when they failed to bring a water bottle with them.
The researchers did not determine whether or not the students actually drank the water, but presumably they did, so the correlation may be with the consumption of water during a test.
Still, the fact that a simple bottle of water can improve test scores might stir me to bring one along just in case.
Catharine Paddock PhD. (2012, April 20). “Bringing Water Into Exams May Improve Grades.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from
You can’t possibly account for every possible patient treatment outcome.
During the years I worked with a local physician, I learned from him that physicians struggle with the same “insecurity” I did – that is, he often prescribed a course of treatment that did not appear to work. I spoke with him occasionally during those years about this apparent discrepancy between treatment expectation and actual outcome.
His basic philosophy, which he learned while at med school and during his internship and which I agree with, was that you can’t possibly account for every possible patient treatment outcome. Physicians deal in probabilities. It is probable that a specific treatment will work for a patient based on past experience with that treatment for those particular patient symptoms – but it is just plain unreasonable to think it will work for every patient exhibiting the same symptoms every time – or predict exactly how an outcome of treatment will appear in a specific patient.