There is a truth in science. There is a right and a wrong answer even though we may not always find either one. Science is not a belief system and scientists try to reject assumptions that cannot be tested in favor of facts. It’s nothing personal. There is just a difference in pedigree between science and faith. Which is not to say I do not hold beliefs that I have not tested. I do.
For example, I believe you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar though I have never tried. I also believe I don’t want to catch any flies. I also believe I don’t believe I want those little buzzy SOB’s barnstorming my ears. But, having the vegan tendencies as I do, I believe I don’t want to kill the little buzzy SOB’s either. Maybe vinegar is a better choice. I don’t know. At least I can feel like I am doing something without harming living things.
There was a point to this somewhere. Oh, yeah. Negative attitudes. I’ve caught some flack lately for being a tad bit negative. Moi? No! Okay, just a titch I suppose. I admit I don’t usually play Susie Sunshine in the grade school play when I see the stupidity on the morning lineup that can be my profession — or healthcare in general for that matter. I call it like I see it. I think that’s part of my job. Calling it loud and obnoxiously is just a value-added service I offer. As my wife likes to inform me, I might, occasionally, once in a while have a hard time not saying the exact thought that pops into my mind. She says this like it’s a bad thing.
Like the other day in a restaurant. The waiter asked my friend, “You wanna box for that?” indicating his three leftover tortellinis. I said, “Really? You’re going to kick his ass over a couple of tortellinis? Dude, if you want them that badly, you should just take them.”
Maybe that’s what my wife means. Anyway, I am told this negative attitude could be bad for the profession. I get it. I need to have a more positive outlook and focus on the positive stuff. I need to waive the cheerleader pom-poms and rah-rah the pants off the chiropractic profession! Go00000 team!
I’d like to. I really would. There is a lot to be positive about. At least things are moving in that direction. I need to see more greatness but there is some really good stuff going on. I am just not sure I am the right guy to applaud mediocrity and fake cheerfulness. I don’t think that’s what I signed on for. Last I checked, the door I walked through said “Truth”. At least that’s what I thought it said. Maybe it just said “Push”. I saw it as the same thing.
Dr. Brett L. Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester, NY who is working on his negative attitude problem.