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Who’s Worried Now?

Peter Nicholson

Yes, Everything is Not Okay
The patient is my father. Modern medicine’s sophisticated acrobatics astound me with their ability to sustain life. I rarely consider that the sustainable innovation projects on which I work ultimately share this objective. Energy, climate, agriculture, among other issues, possess less immediate feedback loops. We can cheat, ignore pathogens, and still think everything is okay for awhile. The best care, as my dad was fortunate to receive, informs and involves the patient. And is prepared in case something goes wrong, as it almost did with my father the other day. Help was there within seconds, a well coordinated team. Over the last two days attending my parent's surgery recuperation, I’ve come to admire the agency medical professionals possess. I do my work not to save lives, but because trying to address the complex challenges is fulfilling. But it’s useful to remember that “nature” is not the patient—we are. Like a patient awaking from anesthesia, we haven’t quite realized yet where we are, or at least don’t want to believe it. Let’s hope for compassion and mercy and the capacity to accelerate our own recovery.