Today's patient sign-out to the resident on call overnight: "when mad or in pain, patient is racist"
I saw X-men: First Class last night and found the film more complex than the action film that I expected. I noticed that there were several moments in the film that I found myself rooting for the villains and I realized that it was because I identified with their anger and skepticism towards the majority group. However misguided Kevin Bacon's character was (a nuclear war is unlikely to create more mutants, only cancer), Magneto's character, having been given the history of Holocaust survivor, is compelling.
It made me revisit the delicate balance between the importance of personal accountability and forgiveness. History has shown that humans fall pray to culture. The atrocities that occur during events such as the Holocaust, Vietnam, and more recently, at Abu Ghraib occur with such consistency that it makes me worry that under the same circumstances, I also would have fallen in line. My third year of medical school has only accentuated that. I've come to realize that though it's horrendous, it's one of the flaws of human nature. In some ways it occurs to me that while we all must be held individually accountable, it's also a systems error.
Ultimately, Magneto falls short of a true hero because while he appropriately holds individuals responsible, he lacks one of the most beautiful qualities of human nature which is compassion. Ultimately, he reminds me of the trap that is all too easy to fall into when we focus on our anger: revenge. The oppressed must not become the oppressor. Paulo Freire would not approve.
There's this guy I know. Apparently his family is in the Forbes 500 or something. You can't meet him without him telling you that his family owns a chain of grocery stores.
It's obnoxious that he must inform everyone that he's rich. On the other hand, it's also hilarious to me that owning grocery stores is a bragging point for him. Because if I tell people that my family owns a grocery store, they picture a grungy hole-in-the wall with spiky fruit and ducks hanging in the window.