Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
World War III: Stirring the Soup.
You're a Doctor, You treat EVERYBODY!
The Declaration of Geneva reads:
- At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
- I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
- I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;
- I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
- The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
- I will respect the secrets which are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
- I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
- My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
- I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;
- I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat and I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;
- I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
World War III: Continuing Coverage.
Monday, July 17, 2006
World War III
Thursday, July 13, 2006
"No Rights For You!"
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
1 Part Government + 1 Part Religion = Molotov Cocktail
Monday, July 10, 2006
Dissention In The Ranks.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
On a Mission from God.
Friday, July 07, 2006
There you have it. Thank you to Kendall for being open. As always, I invite your comments whatever they may be. And remember: Don't Prosthelytize, Disorganize!
Kendall, thank you for your thoughtful questions and open attitude. I would like to point out that a perfect example of my reasons for being against missionary practice can be seen in this very discussion. You will notice my original comments have been removed from the site - thus no real discussion can continue. If we are not open to differing viewpoints we are doomed to not learn anything - on either end, and all this does is perpetuate conflict and misunderstanding.
Now despite the fact that my views and beliefs have already been disrespected, I will endeavor to answer your questions.
In truth, I feel much the same way about immunizations and operations of that nature as I do about missionaries, because they have much the same impact.
When immunization and modernization programs come to indigenous people they have the unfortunate effect of destroying culture as well.
This happens for one reason - the belief that there is only one right way to do things. That belief is shared by most missionaries as well as most western medical practitioners as well as governments.
The problem is that it is not only not true, but it does not allow for the things that are different but equally positive about the culture.
A spiritual practice of a particular culture may have elements that are both profound and inspiring, but we will never know because they were not Christian practices, therefore they must be eradicated - mostly without ever looking at those practices to see their value.
The Maya had one of the most accurate calendars in history as well as some profound advances in medicine and architecture, not to mention art - but most people will never know that, nor will we ever know because their culture was destroyed because it was a "heathen" culture.
The same goes for immunization programs - often times those immunizations come to eradicate diseases that didn't exist in those cultures before their contact with Europeans or Americans.
We will never know what incredible spiritual, cultural or medicinal practices may have transformed our world because they were destroyed because the destroyers thought they knew the one right way.
It is that very lack of openness that is the true sin. To believe that your way of living, medicine or belief is the one right way or worse the ONLY right way is unmitigated arrogance and vanity and to me is profoundly unchristian.
If God made the world and everyone in it then he made these peoples and their cultures as well - to subvert their culture for your own in the name of God or for any other reason is the same as saying that you know better than God what is right.
Even if people die from disease or are never introduced to Christianity they have a right to live their lives in that way without interference.
Much in the same way that I'm sure you would be unwilling to change if armies of missionaries armed with literature and passionate belief came to this country and fervently tried to convert you and your church to Buddhism or homosexuality.
And that's why I cannot support of view as a hero anyone who's sole aim is to subvert another's life in favor of their own beliefs - no matter how altruistic they may be.