Alive Inside

"Alive Inside"... We have to humanize what it means to be a human. I've been in close conversation with a Sibley's geriatric care specialist who embodies the spirit of compassion and innovation. She told me this documentary is a "must watch," so I did - wow. It has been so true from my experience that this seemingly innocent inquiry about sound/music in healthcare leads to a much deeper conversation about what it means to be alive, the state of healthcare today, neuroscience, and the consumer culture that cannot deal with the notion that we all cannot escape aging and death - it is inevitable and sad and because of that it is beautiful. The hopeful part is this one guy, set out to change the world with a simple (yet profound) vision and conviction, at first encounters cold resistance from the system - even though it seems SO obvious that this could benefit everyone. Then he gets swept away by the millions of youths who resonate with the vision, and it starts to become a movement of its own. It's nice to know that we are part of this movement and there are allies everywhere - what role can I play, how can I serve the best? The system is not an enemy - it wants to change itself as much as we do - so I must learn its language and learn to listen so that together we can find a crack :) As the president said at HU commencement, in a completely different context - "If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral security, but you will not get what you want. If you do not get what you want long enough, you will eventually think the whole system is rigged. That will lead to more cynicism, not participation — and less participation and a downward spiral of more injustice, anger and despair. And that has never been a source of progress. That is how we cheat ourselves of progress." Dear optimism, please back me up for another few days so I can thrive until my next therapist appointment :)