As a person who could always rely on me, I suddenly saw my unreliability for what it was. I had become unstable, and the reality of it slapped me hard across the face.
“We have been told to be reasonable and rational, and it didn’t work. Now, it is Mapuche way.”
“Morocco is the most beautiful country in the world. Because why? Because we have everything: two oceans, mountains, deserts, fresh water, and sunshine. What more do humans need?”
“All religion, they asking the same thing. Don’t do bad to human. That’s it, this is the thing. Finished. Don’t do bad to human.”
“God can’t give you all, you know. White people, you are rich. You have money and cars, but you are not happy. Black people, we are poor. But we are full of love. We know our neighbors; we can go to anyone’s house to eat and talk. We are full of love. God cannot give you everything.”
I have been painting my life “color rosa”. It began as a coping mechanism and grew into a bad habit at best and destructive at worst.
“We are set on thinking that everything is beautiful, but sometimes you have to embrace the ugliness.”
Doctors and patients alike must come to know the spirit and mind. They must integrate spiritual awareness with the material knowledge of mind and body. From this point, medicine can go beyond the material treatments and towards comprehensive healing.
“For the worried-well population, the placebo drugs can cure our illness quite well. Beyond illnesses like brain tumors and birth defects, we are back to dealing primarily with human psychology. We need a whole body/mind approach to who we are and how we take care of ourselves.”
They Killed Him “Mi hijo murió hace tres años,” the petite Colombian woman told us with tears in her eyes. Cristina and I were leaving Comuna 13, a district in Medellin, and had struck up a conversation with a woman walking to the metro. “Lo mataron.” Her son had crossed the street, unaware of the…