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Title I don't know ... yet
Subject Medicine--Philosophy
Description The 44th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Peterson, Chase N.
Publisher Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1981-02-11
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "I don't know ... yet," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description I DON'T KNOW . . . YET 5 well with the glaring but almost singular exception that in health we have no way to excrete unneeded calories. Imagine the complexity of our lives if we had to decide each day precisely what weight of calcium we would consume, or sodium, or zinc, or magnesium. Those are questions we need not answer. It is illuminating to ask medical students, who have been trained characteristically to provide quantitative answers, what is the salt output of the normal kidney in 24 hours? The usual answer is a hesitant guess at a number, be it 500 milligrams or 10,000. The comforting correct answer is that in health the output today is simply the input of yesterday. And yet, like ambitious medical students, we are all too often programmed to try to provide unnecessarily precise and quantitative answers. Similarly, I would argue that many teenagers are programmed by television today to expect a "happiness" answer to traditional adolescent insecurities or to the question, "What is normal?" Imagine the double burden then carried by a normal adolescent in the throes of the normal but generally tolerable anxiety associated with adolescent processes and doing the hard work of creating and resolving relationships. An adolescent may be convinced by the ecstatic portrayal of the Pepsi Generation or the Schlitz Gusto that it is abnormal to be unhappy or anxious â€" to be anything less than pimple-free, worry-free, Malibu Beach annointed ecstacy. If the unnecessary answer to the unnecessary question of "how should I feel as a teenager?", is simply "happy," one wonders what part of teenage suicide is precipitated by this painful contrast of ecstatic expectations in an otherwise reasonably normal, but anxious, developing individual. Is this akin to the impatient illness of nations with unrealistic rising expectations. Specifically, what does guide and carry us through our ignorance and our insufficient answers? For the most part, we blindly copy. We are what our forbears were. Our genetic core is largely a copy mechanism where-in DNA spirals and unspirals to divide and replicate itself. The copying and sustaining is relentless, the newness comes from genetic recombinations as we mix our genes in our mongrel society and as we expose our genes to new environmental experiences. These genetic mechanisms provide an enormous stability and momentum to a flywheel which drives us both culturally and biologically, permitting us the luxury of not having to answer immediately all of each generations' old questions or every new one, giving us the time and composure to address the few urgent questions we cannot put off. Where are we so far? We do not have answers to all questions. There is some evidence that there is great pressure to have answers
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Source Original Manuscript: I don't know ... yet by Chase N. Peterson.
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