Filling the world with meaning

Yesterday, a friend of mine shared this poem by Norman MacCaig.

My friend, a healthcare professional, articulated concern that professionalism, with all the current and growing dictats, protocols, and algorithms that now “guide” us, have served to further isolate feeling from practice. I share my colleague’s concern.

I replied to my friend:

“I recall a Consultant psychiatrist colleague stating at a meeting that was considering policy approaches to patient care ‘ahh but Peter, you wear your heart on your sleeve’. This was said to suggest to those around the table that I was less than ‘objective’.”

Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North):

Raymond Tallis, retired doctor, philosopher, polymath:

Mary Midgley, philosopher, now in her 99th year:

A Scottish philosopher who has not been recognised as he should:

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