“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.”
“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.”
“For me, the manner in which Colombians express their inner is beautiful because this is who we are.”
The fact is, the human mind, in its state of potential, is no different between gender, race, and culture. It is how we treat the developing mind that produces the behavior we see later in life.
“There is a problem with the cultural expectations that we have for children and the way we raise young girls versus young boy. We have norms that allow boys to be emotionally immature further into adulthood. This screws everyone over because they become adult children.”
Social media is giving me the freedom to share my writing and thoughts. I am recognizing it as a tool, something that I can use to my benefit if I yield it with care and precision. But like a sharp knife, I must proceed with caution– fully aware of its potential for harm.