Thursday Three #37

  1. This article nicely condenses a lot of what I’ve been thinking in the past few weeks into a small package. The theory is that killers such as Adam Lanza, the Columbine shooters, and now Devin Kelley, did what they did primarily because of our culture, which is becoming more and more devoid of genuine human connection. We have lost genuine human connection because of automation and technology. We can do tasks such as check out at a grocery store and check in at a hotel without any human connection whatsoever. This can lead to feeling isolated, which can lead to irrational resentment and hatred, which, combined with guns, untreated/undiagnosed mental illness, a toxic upbringing, or any other number of factors, can lead to mass murders.
  2. Here’s another good article about why reading literature matters. The article is geared toward college students, but it’s an excellent reminder to not let your reading habit fall by the wayside. Read widely, and you will grow in knowledge and wisdom.
  3. Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, but I wrote a blog post for the American Medical Writers’ Association. The purpose of it was to advertise an open session my colleague and I presented at a conference a couple weeks ago. I believe it’s the first time I’ve written a blog post for something that isn’t this blog, so that’s a kind of milestone. 🙂 If you’re into writing grant submissions and proposals or that’s something you do regularly, you may find it interesting.

How is your week going?

4 thoughts on “Thursday Three #37

  1. Great points in #1. And since today is her feast day: “Today, there is an inescapable duty to make ourselves the neighbor of every individual, without exception, and to take positive steps to help a neighbor whom we encounter, whether that neighbor be an elderly person, abandoned by everyone, a foreign worker who suffers the injustice of being despised, a refugee, an illegitimate child wrongly suffering for a sin of which the child is innocent, or a starving human being who awakens our conscience by calling to mind the words of Christ: ‘As long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me’.” – St. Elizabeth of Hungary


  2. Hi Maggie. You make some important points in this article. Unfortunately, though we all experience the things you talk about, some people are mentally ill. It is unfortunate that they are unable to get the help that they need before “acting out.”


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