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From: Craig ( -
Subject: Re: Medication
Date: October 24, 2006 at 5:29 pm PST

In Reply to: Medication posted by Nicola on October 16, 2006 at 1:21 pm:


"Let not the Prince think that anything can be done easily," said Niccolo Machiavelli, "For there will always be disadvantages to everything." Nicola, your desire to respect all life is touching and admirable, and I am glad that you hAve it. We would live in a much more peaceful world if more were like you.

But this world is not perfect. Even if you and I were in charge of it it would not be perfect, for I'd probably mess up just about everything you tried to do, due to misunderstanding if nothing else. We cannot think about what we cannot think about, and we cannot do what we cannot do. This is a truism, I suppose, but we do sometimes forget it in our wish for a beter world. Sometimes we just have to deal with what we have. Since the future hasn't happened yet, and very likely never will, we can't live in what it has to offer. We have to deal with what we are given today.

One of the limitations of this world is that your medication (Dilantin?) was by law made by and through animal research. While we are rightfully sorry for that, still, it did bring about a medication that has helped millions. It gives you the ability to live without the danger of hurting yourself or others (you drive, right?), and you can live a peaceful life and live as kindly as possible while you encourage others to do the same. That I think is a great benefit to the world due to the medication you take. It has allowed many, not just you, to live well, which spreads the blessing of life and love to others.

If there were an alternative medication, you'd take it, right? Then the fault is not yours. You did not wish for this drug to be made this way, you would that it were made in other ways. It just isn't, and sometimes that's as close to the ideal as we can get in this world. It isn't your fault, and you'd change it if you could. The motives of the heart mean quite a bit in cases like this.

Were I you, I would take the medication thankful that it is available, with my regret for the animals tempered by my gratitude for the doctors and researchers who developed it so that I can help others see that a life of peace is the best one for our world.

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