Had a full clinic schedule.  And this poor sick guy walked in, I’d never seen him before.  He came from a different clinic in our Corporate Medical System, way over on the other side of the state.  His wife had thrown out all his medicines.  He felt sick.  He was very hypertensive.  She threw him out, too – he was living in his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot nearby.  His car wasn’t big enough to lie down, so his legs were swollen.

I started to chill him down from a mighty beefy 230/130 blood pressure.  About ten minutes into medicating his urgent hypertension, one of my “regular” patients came to the waiting room.  She had a migraine (and no appointment.)  I usually see everyone, appointment or not, but she’d have to wait a little.   She waited 10 minutes, walked out, pissed off at the poor service.  She complained to Corporate about me. Said I’d promised her a Gold Card membership or something like that to the clinic.  I’d supposedly promised to let her walk into the clinic unannounced, and she would have #1 privileges to be seen immediately, ahead of the guy with the 230/130.  Git off that stretcher, boy, we got a Gold Card customer.

Corporate was bothered.  Wants to know how we can forge a compromise so everyone is happy.  How can we find a middle ground?

People exhibit their pettiness most, when they proudly show the mean and puny things that they lust after.  Those Cardinal Sins of pride and lust are not so much Great Sins – they’re usually pathetic and sad.

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho…. “Which of these three [passers-by] do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

Christianity makes for an intellectually bland religion. Dullsville.  There’s not much great thinking, grand profundity, celestially awesome metaphysical concepts. See that thing to do?  Go do it.  Help and show mercy!  Go and do the same!  Thanks, but it’s more fun to sit in the sun and think awesome concepts about God.  Actual doing things is messy and scary.

Where’s the middle ground on the road to Jericho?

Listen to a man long enough, he’ll tell you the price of his soul.”  Anon.