Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
Of Flag, Father, and Nobel
The following article is adopted from a page by the same name in the book: Practicing from the Heart in the Age of Technology.
Tuesday was Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress of the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States.
And next Sunday is Father's Day, to celebrate and honor our fathers. Just as a flag raises the sense of patriotism in people, Father's Day raises the sense of responsibility, affection and devotion in all of us. These two days help us celebrate our civility and sense of belonging, to our families, country, beliefs, and our fellow man.
Unfortunately, many believe that to be patriotic is to harm those who do not agree with us. But as Mahatma Gandhi said: "An eye for an eye will soon leave the whole world blind."
Sometimes, one has to go out of their way to execute the needed task. A good example of this can be seen in the work of peace activist and novelist Baroness Bertha von Suttner. Born on June 9th, 1843, in Prague. As a popular peace activist, her work was widely read. Her book "Lay Down Your Arms (1889)" was well received. In her mid 30s, she became the secretary to the industrialist Alfred Nobel.
Nobel had made a fortune as the inventor of dynamite and later through the development of weapons. Bertha became an influencing factor on Nobel and convinced him to create what is now known as "The Nobel Peace Prize." In 1905, Bertha von Suttner became the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize that she had helped create.
Today, the need for peace and harmony in our turbulent world is clear. We as healthcare providers can be a catalyst in starting a spark to light the torch of hope, and we have the tools to make our torch be seen far away. Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education can carry the light of our torch around the world. Let's make our flag be one of hope and peace!
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