For the compassionate
Today, I escorted my sister Blanche Brown to her eye doctor. Those of you who know of her skills as an artist may not know that her eyesight is deeply compromised – and has been all of her life. So, it’s always a big deal for her to experience painful examinations.
After the doctor’s assistant readied the examination room for the expected procedure the door closed and we were left alone. The room was very cold and the minutes stretched into more than an hour. We told stories – we fidgeted – the time dragged on. Finally, the door opened and the familiar face of the doctor entered the cold room – he looked exhausted!
Heavily, he sat down in a chair, turned to me and said, “I am sorry you had to wait. I am trying to hold myself together.” He then went on to confess that his profession is so short of doctors that those who are available are sorely overworked. “These days a doctor must do his work for the love of people – it certainly is not about the love of money!”
That brings me to the issues surrounding returning combat veterans and the long, often agonizing waiting periods before medical care is administrated. It is said some die waiting. Yes, there is evidence of some fudging and manipulated bookkeeping but the real reasons for dangerous delays is there aren’t enough doctors to fill the needs of the American public – there aren’t enough on many levels!
The truth is, higher education is so expensive that to make the risk worthwhile a graduating med-student must find a specialty field so loans can be paid off and the years spent investing time and money are viable.
This isn’t exclusive to the medical profession, it pertains to many fields. Thus, we lose some of our best to lost visions of creating a better America – a better world!
The problem stems from what we place our values on. We spend billions on fools games such as borders and the war-machine. What would happen if the velvet glove was extended to the talented ones who are willing to invest their lives in bettering the Human condition.
The Compassionate need our compassion! It’s time to get smart. War and walls are absolutely passe – out of fashion – completely unintelligent! Nobody ever wins a war and walls only bring agony.
It’s time to get smart – come from the heart!
Kaih Khristé King