There were two surprisingly confluent events last night:
I finally watched “The Constant Gardener.” I had heard it would “be good for me” but had hesitated to watch it, as I am often haunted by strong imagery. Also, thoughtful, provacative movies don’t often come to theaters in
Earlier in the day, I heard the disturbing news that the witchunt in the
There are striking analogies between the two stories. In the first, you have young, idealistic, Tessa who tries to help the poor in
In February, 2007, toxicology reports from
And now the witch hunt continues. Perhaps I'm cynical, but granting immunity to the nurses to compel them to testify before the grand jury sounds to me like a prelude to coerced testimony against Dr. Pou, made up in order to end their own nightmares. Who wouldn’t bow to such pressure?
In both of these settings, you have idealistic young white women risking their lives to help the poor, primarily black, populace. In the movie, Big Pharma was the villain. In
These fine health care workers have had their careers needlessly destroyed and endured incredible and unnecessary stress, when they should have been regaled as heroes for staying and caring for their patients. The government should be on trial for their abysmal failures in planning and response to an anticipated natural disaster.
There is a growing abyss between the haves and have-nots in this country—as the contrast between the lovely walled courtyard gardens of the Vieux Carre, and the lower 9th ward. This economic and class divide makes me wonder if it wouldn’t be safer to work with the poor overseas than in our own neglected slums with our increasingly morally corrupt government.
From my own garden retreat, I wonder, “Who will foolishly stay and help come the next disaster? Will I have the courage to do what Dr. Pou and her colleagues did, risking their lives to help others?”js
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