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It is a strange thing to sit at the end of a very long, very intense road that is training to be a physician and take a look back on the winding, arduous road I took to get here. I am now endeavoring to prove I have done all of it by gathering documentation of the past 15 years of my life in excruciating detail. With just one final test to go, my neurology boards, I have become an absolute master at the ubiquitous modern knowledge measuring tool, namely I can fill bubbles on a scan sheet in completely, inside the lines with a no. 2 pencil, choosing only one answer and always guessing if I don’t know.
It is amazing how standardized tests have become the mainstay of education these days. Colleges and medical schools use them to differentiate students, nations use them to compare their system to other nations, and No Child Left Behind uses them to set minimum standards for funding our schools. We use them to prove we can drive in most states. We use them to measure IQ’s all over the internet. We use them to poll current public opinion. We use them to test marketing for the latest breakfast sandwich. Mensa and the triple nine society determine your eligibility for geniushood by these tests. Everyone can be boiled down to how they fill out these neat little bubbles. Read the rest of this entry »
What is dignity? It seems a simple question. Merriam-Webster calls it the quality of being worthy, honored, or esteemed, also seriousness of manner, appearance, or language. So dignity is something a person has, and something a person can be treated with. What gives a person dignity? Who should be treated with dignity? Read the rest of this entry »
” Be ye Therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.”
We love and adore that which is perfect in our society. Hollywood is built on the premise that the beautiful people can sell movies, models are airbrushed to perfection to sell magazines. The Olympic games is going on currently with its motto, “Bigger, stronger, faster.”
As the records fall, it seems these athletes do live up to the motto. Just look at Michael Phelps, the epitome of the bigger, stronger, faster ideal.
Sadly, as recent scandals in Baseball and Bicycling have revealed, the push to be bigger, faster, and stronger can lead to the use of steroids, amphetamines, or other substances with very real consequences for an athletes long term health and well being. When does the drive to perform cross the line into madness. In my day, Michael Jordan was celebrated worldwide as the greatest ever, even carrying his team to victory over my beloved Utah Jazz in one game in the finals with Forty some odd point and the flu. Today, it is Tiger Woods held in much the same esteem, having just won the US open with a severe knee injury in a playoff he counts as his greatest victory ever. My question is, at what point does this single minded devotion turn into madness.