Niagara Gazette

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July 13, 2014

SINGER: We put ourselves in their hands

Niagara Gazette — We put ourselves in their hands — doctors and specialists to whom they refer us, physiotherapists, nurses, lab staff et al. Not to mention road and bridge-repairers (vital in this region of potholes and aging infrastructure), firemen, farmers, food processors, conveyors (i.e., truckers), bus or train drivers, mechanics — the list is obviously endless!

We hope and sometimes take it for granted that they’ll all come through for us. But we need to know how much we depend on others, and that not everyone has our best interests in mind. For there are obviously many in this world and throughout the sweep of history who can easily destroy us, via ignorance, incompetence, laziness, and sadism, given (as one survivor of World War II horrors put it), that there is nothing humans can’t do to their brethren.

In a dental chair I sometimes think of Dr. Mengele with his notorious medical experiments and razor blade use in Auschwitz. I think, too, of what today’s terrorists plot and do, and what an unspeakable fate it is for American soldiers to be incarcerated by the Taliban, or back in the Pacific theater of World War II, on islands like Chi-Chi Jima, where cannibalism reigned.

Does one have to be lucky? You know it! We can only be proactive to a degree by trying to locate appropriate help in the many domains where we poor, vulnerable homo sapiens so badly need it; but one still requires much good fortune.

God’s supposed to have the world in His hands, as the old song had it. But at the same time we indeed put ourselves in the palpable hands of myriad lesser entities called humans, and many know first-hand the Catch-22 situations they’re going currently going through, where this person’s procedure may or may not work, and if it does, there can be other consequences, and a need for more hands in other sub-disciplines to get involved; and meanwhile, you and yours are busy hoping and praying.

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