Born and raised in Canada it was a big deal for me to move to the US to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a physician. Especially coming from such a tight knit family where I was well loved and supported. If medical training has taught me anything it’s that one of thee most important things in life is community. The most terrible disease anyone can be afflicted with is loneliness. I recently read a quote by Wendell Berry from The Art of Commonplace it goes:
“People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.”
I think about that quote a lot when I see yet another drug addicted pregnant patient. It is a sad reality to know that we are currently the most connected generation yet so out of touch with each other.
One can acquire pretty much everything in solitude except character.
Let that sink in.
Anyway, thats just something I’ve been pondering throughout my medical training. I’d love to hear your guys’ thoughts. Send me a message.
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