Some general thoughts on the leaked Supreme Court opinion and debate further below. If you want to have a conversation about it, especially if you disagree with me, I’m happy to engage with an open mind and I hope you’ll do the same.
Ah back in the clinic. It’s routine now, but I still like it. Though today there were a lot more No Student‘s than usual, which is of course understandable and their right, but just a bit disappointing for me. I haven’t asked to see patients on my own because I didn’t want to interrupt the flow, but I think tomorrow, which I probably should have done earlier, I’m going to ask if I can lead the encounters with him there in the room, and then he will add things if needed or answer questions that I don’t know the answer to, etc. We’ll see, I feel like he may have some issues with that, but I gotta try. I only got 2.5 days left.
Another thing that’s been on my mind is the recently leaked Supreme Court opinion that does not bode well for Roe v. Wade. There are so many (mostly upsetting) thoughts that have gone through my head over this. It’s easy for me to assume things about the intentions and motives of people who were happy about the news, but I really do want to do my best to understand where they are coming from. I have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why Roe v Wade should be overturned or why it would be a good thing, but I supposed if you asked the other side, they would say the same in the other direction. Our fundamental understanding of the world is just different and unless we can somehow resolve that, coming to an agreement will be very difficult.
We gotta always try to see each other as human beings first before making judgements about each other’s character based on opinions, feelings, or decisions, or else resolution is doomed from the started. Sure, at a certain point judgement is valid from an individual point of view, but that should be secondary to trying to understand who a person truly is and how they came to be that way.
Anyway, had the leftover chickpea thing for lunch and then picked up some pho from this one place on my list on my way home. It was decent, not blown away, but also well priced. Also, I didn’t mention, yesterday I went to this cafe for coffee during my lunch break and got a blueberry muffin that was really good. The cafe was a nice place, big area and the coffee was also decent. This guy came up to me and he started asking me about what I do (assumed I was some type of surgeon ’cause of my scrubs). I explained myself and he mentioned he was a chaplain at the hospital. It was a pleasant conversation and eventually he went on his way. After he left the girl from the register came by with a chocolate chip cookie that she said was from the chaplain. I ate it after lunch today. I wonder what he thought about the news.