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What makes me Really Angry 1

Contentment. It really rubs me up the wrong way.

It seems to me than when a person is totally content with their life, then they have basically said “That’s enough knowledge for me. That’s enough improvement for one lifetime. Nothing more is required. Things cannot ever be better than they are right now.”
They might not be saying it, but I hear these words – “I will now stop trying.”

There are ten thousand ways that their life could be better, deeper, fuller, longer, interesting. They have just decided to settle for the world being “pretty much the way it is”. No thought of making an effort to improve anything. Not even mustering the effort to observe out loud how someone else could improve things.

Lack of curiosity. That’s the other thing that disturbs me.

I say disturbs, because I can’t exactly get angry with people who lack curiosity. I guess I put them in the same mental pigeonhole as people who are deaf in one ear, or lack bifocal vision, or are somewhere on the autism scale. They are perfectly nice people, and they get along fine.

I just don’t understand clearly what’s going on inside their heads – when you tell an incurious person about something, they say “that’s interesting” … and that’s all!  That’s where their interest stops. 

They don’t squeeze you for more details, nor immediately fire up Wikipedia or Google on their phone to find out more, to explore, to discover how this new piece of information fits into the wonderful jigsaw of human knowledge and experience. They just don’t see how this happily random snippet relates to them on any level. They never invest hours following stuff just for the joy of finding connections.

Perhaps they’ve just found contentment.

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  • Boanerges says:

    Even without the puilbc cloud we are already seeing examples of patients data being shared across different health care providers. In many if not most cases this is exactly what you want to have happen but patients aren’t yet aware that if one provider buys their EHR from another local hospital system that their entire medical record has just been shared with all of the providers (who have a need to know) in the system. An example in Seattle recently involved a young woman who went outside of her insurance plan and paid out of pocket for a confidential GYN procedure at a small community clinic. When she returned to her primary care provider she was asked about what she thought had been a confidential surgery. The community clinic however was part of Swedish medical center which sold their EHR to the Polyclinic so the records were shared. Was their informed consent? Perhaps but clearly the patient wasn’t aware that this would happen and felt vulnerable.

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