One of our clients at work wrote to me this afternoon in response to an email I had sent him earlier in the day, and mentioned offhand that his white blood cell count has been progressively diminishing. Sixty four cells away from AIDS.
And I lost my temper at a meeting about another client’s case, upon being reminded once again that the colleague who vetoed the course of action that I had suggested has more “experience” than me. The implication there was that I am too naive. I invest too much trust in strangers. Do you know how disheartening it is to work at an institution that touts itself as being socially-minded, with people who routinely invoke their “experience” as justification for unwarranted suspicion towards the constituency you are all supposed to be helping? Giving others the benefit of a doubt is here rendered a dumb move. The possibility that suspicion is itself distorting is not considered.