My thoughts on #hillaryshealth:
I am someone who has lost two parents out of the blue, both after clearance from medical professionals; both would have been considered at extremely low risk for the adverse events that caused their deaths.
I, myself, keep managing to truly thrive and accomplish absolutely everything I care about despite some medical doozies, with the help of both awesome science and some good luck and support. And I know many extraordinary women and men of all ages who do the same.
So to me, the idea that we can learn, predict, or guess what ANYBODY can accomplish in their remaining lifespan is an absurd denial of the human condition.
That denial, of course, is the same denial that stops curiosity. Prefers authoritarianism. Whipsaws between believing broad emotional statements, and conspiracy theories. Cannot tolerate nuance. Et cetera.
We cannot be in denial about the precarious nature of our lives and health. But none of us can see the future. What we can do is be present to the moment and continue to learn from the past. (Isn’t that basically the definition of the scientific method?)
Through that lens, I will continue to support, work and vote for a woman who has spent years fighting for justice. At present, her passion for the people of this country caused her to work through pneumonia, something I’m pretty sure 90 percent of my Facebook friends would do. This is optimism. This is dedication. As much as Hillary deserves a little rest and some good fluids, she deserves our vote.
Posted on September 11, 2016