Clutching at stories

I’m reading ‘Lost Connection’ by Johann Hari again. It tells a powerful story about the impact of pharmaceutical company profiteering on how depression is treated. Regardless of whether or not he’s right about that, there’s a clear acknowledgment of the placebo effect in the medical profession. Placebos work because of the stories (which may be implicit) we absorb about them. For good or bad, humans … Continue reading Clutching at stories

Doing something amazing

I’m giving blood shortly. I last gave blood not long after lockdown started – it’s considered essential, and with good reason. The process is trickier with a pandemic going on, but it’s still happening because of the outstanding work of people (including volunteers) who find a way to make things happen. It’s a reminder that there are lots of ways to contribute. There’s no one-size-fits-all … Continue reading Doing something amazing

Responsibility

I can’t remember where I read it now, but I made half a note at the time as I liked the thought: Responsibility. Formally bestowed, or informally shouldered. Some of our formal leaders are clearly failing. Other, greater, leaders have no authority vested in them – they’re just stepping up and moving us forward. We can all make a difference. . (Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash) Continue reading Responsibility