Dear Doctor, Stop Crying

I think we doctors are crying too much these days. A few points I’d like to point out (excuse the pun).

1) Nobody put a gun to our heads to force us to become doctors. It was entirely our choice, and if it was our parents’ choice, it was our choice to succumb to our parents’ choice

2) Yes, we have to study a lot. But who are we kidding? A long college life means a long time to have fun

3) Yes, our profession is being unfairly targeted these days. But most of it is our own doing by gleefully encouraging corrupt practices by pharma companies and diagnostic labs. And shall I remind you that the abysmal sex ratio has been brought about by the unbridled greed of a lot of our own colleagues?

4) Yes, there’s a lot of deplorable violence against doctors these days. But a lot of that can be prevented if we show solidarity amongst ourselves and force the government to take action. But we’re too busy in our practice and in fighting among each other. Government doctors hate private doctors for earning more money.

5) True, we’re often insulted by illiterate politicians and functionally illiterate bureaucrats. They can easily insult us because we go crawling to them when we need some favour, to cancel our transfer orders or just to avoid offending them. Dear docs, if you keep degrading yourself, why shouldn’t they?

6) Besides, most of us earn a lot of money, which is enough to live a comfortable luxurious life.

7) Finally, if our profession was really that bad, why do we continue to let our children enter it, even pay huge fees in private medical colleges to ensure they do exactly the same thankless job that we do? Are we our childrens’ enemies?

The fact is, that like all other people, we do our jobs to earn money for our needs and luxuries. Some do the job well and some do the job not so well, and some do a very corrupt job. We’re no different from any other profession.

I have always been a great believer. I've flitted from one belief to another, from religion to atheism and from one philosophy to another, until I finally settled on J. Krishnamurti whose philosophy is that there is no philosophy. So now I firmly believe that there is nothing to believe. Now such a belief would, I believe, have been considered dangerous to society if the authorities had believed me to be of any consequence. No man of consequence they believe would waste his time on the pursuit of blogging!

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