Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
The UN General Assembly brought hundreds of leaders and policymakers from around the world to New York for a couple of weeks. I found this year's session very disappointing. Many talked, yet little of substance was discussed, as it seemed that blame-placing and finger-pointing was the only thing on the agenda. Although climate change, hunger & famine, and overall health of the world is in dire need of attention, political issues trumped them all. Leaving everyone flabbergasted and at the mercy of uncontrollable circumstances. Interestingly and on cue, several hurricanes have developed and are causing havoc everywhere.
On a positive note, the Nobel Prize Committee is meeting right now and some interesting people are awarded this year's prizes:
Svante Paabo, a Swedish scientist, won the Nobel Prize in medicine for pioneering the use of ancient DNA to unlock secrets about human evolution that provided insights into our immune system.
Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger are awarded for their achievements in quantum mechanics. As the Committee announced: The trio won for their experiments with what’s known as entanglement – an unimaginable phenomenon of two particles behaving as one and affecting each other, even when they are at vast distances to each other, on opposite sides of the planet or even the solar system. (What?)
Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.”
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski and two groups, Memorial, a human rights organization from Russia and the Center for Civil Liberties, which is based in Ukraine.
The Nobel Prize in economics was awarded Monday to Ben Bernanke, Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig for their research on banks and financial crises.
When I consider these mind-boggling scientific facts, I am reminded of an astronomer who said: "When you have all the cosmos to think about, who cares about the kind of soup you are served in a restaurant." The total disregard and ignorance of many political leaders, however, reminds me of a cartoon, I once saw, showing: A man standing in front of an observatory, shaking his fist at the cosmos, yelling: "You don't make me feel insignificant."
As these mayhem developing conundrums, sicken the population in many ways, the job of healthcare providers become ever more challenging. If they ever award a prize for patience, I am sure that healthcare providers will be the top recipients of it.