To begin the quest of answering the question, “What does e = mc², have to do with medicine?”, I’ll, firstly, refer to a dictionary and consider the definition of medicine. From the definition, in my dictionary, I find many different meanings of the word medicine. For example, a meaning of the word “medicine” that I’m not interested in is: “Something that serves as a remedy or corrective i.e., medicine for rebuilding the economy; measures that were harsh medicine.” But, the most used form of the word is exactly what I have in mind.
Once Albert Einstein was asked, “What is the most important question facing humankind?” Einstein responded by asking the question: “Is the universe a friendly place?”
Hmm…, I think the answer to Einstein’s question is yes.
This post has been and is a “work of love,” pun intended. I have had numerous titles for it, but all were asking the question, in one form or another — What is love? As you can see, I finally settled on being specific about a certain kind of love — self-love.
When you look into the mirror, what do you see? You, of course. What’s wrong with that? Well, nothing necessarily, but using the mirror as a metaphor, what “tense” do you see yourself. What??? Well, I’ll admit that word “tense” is stretching things a little, but what I’m suggesting is when you look at yourself, do you see yourself as you are now, or as the person you can become? In other words, do you generally “see yourself” as the person you are now or as the person you will be in the future?
Throughout my life and on many different occasions, I’ve heard a reason for doing something stated as: “We always do it this way.” Of course, there’s some merit in doing something because it was proven to work in the past. If we’re familiar with what we have done, then we will have a certain degree of confidence in doing it “like before.” If it has worked in the past, then we readily assume it will work in the present. And, it might!
Do you ever make a mistake? Of course you do. Who doesn’t make a mistake? No one! Are all mistakes alike? Of course not. So, what does a mistake mean to you? Would you say a mistake is, metaphorically speaking, like an enemy, a friend or a teacher?
Robert Anthony claims that: “The understanding of fear cures fear.” Really? In order to cleanse myself of fear, all I need to do is understand it? Let’s see, suppose I fear heights. Now, let’s suppose I understand that I fear heights. Am I cured of my fear? Well, maybe understanding that I fear heights and understanding THE FEAR isn’t the same. OK, so perhaps there is something to the understanding of fear cures fear.
How can I emotionally cleanse myself of grief? Is it wise to try and do so? Since grief is a natural emotional response for all humans, then when appropriate, should we try to not grieve? These are all good questions and for this post, I would like to focus, primarily, on the first one. How can I emotionally cleanse myself of grief?
Pretend that you have a real difficult problem to solve. Suppose it’s difficult due to the complexity of it. In other words, suppose the problem isn’t something like, deciding what pair of shoes you should wear, but instead, involves a decision about which medical procedure you should have in order to cure a serious medical problem. How do you approach such a complex and serious problem?