Tag: pain

On torture.

Torture has been in the news again. On Tuesday, the Senate committee released its report on the CIA’s use of torture, and mass media has been abuzz with its findings ever since. After September 11, this is a recurring topic for us, and it is not just news, or some discussion or even a debate. …

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On certainty and the comfort of emergency rooms.

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 NIV) About six weeks ago, I was brought to the nearest emergency room and, after a night on a stretcher, was admitted to a hospital, where I spent a few days before returning …

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On bearable pain.

This essay is not entirely about pain. It is actually, at least to me, primarily on the nature of time. But I have looked over my own writing and realized that I don’t write about pain nearly as much as I would have thought I would. I know why. I also know why I was …

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On presumption against suffering.

We seem to assume that joy should be and that suffering should not, and so we search for consolation. This “presumption against suffering” appears universally human, and it is, I suppose, natural and logical. Physiologically speaking, pain signals disorder—it is a warning of trouble and demands action to be eliminated to bring the body back …

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