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There must be another way, right?

Updated on November 24, 2013

A man had been having chest pains and frequent spells of dizziness for quite some time. He thought it would get better on its own. Finally, he decided to seek the advice of a professional and he made an appointment with his family doctor. The doctor, upon his visit, explained to him that a very specific surgery would be necessary to correct a serious, life-threatening problem with his heart. The man asked, "Can't something else solve this problem with my heart?" The doctor replied with a definitive, "no". The doctor continued by explaining, "This is a very specific heart problem and there is only one cure in the entire world.". The man, unwilling to accept this diagnosis, sought a second opinion...and then a third. Each time he was met with the same resounding "no" and the same opinion on both the severity of his condition and the uniqueness of the cure. Every doctor claimed that there was but one cure in all the world.

Finally, doctor number four told the man that his condition could be cured with an alternate treatment that he knew about. He directed the man to do a special series of exercises and to drink an easily made herbal drink that he could prepare all by himself. If he did these things, that he could do on his own, his problem would surely go away. The man was thrilled at this doctors diagnosis and that he could remedy himself. "I knew there had to be another way", he said, quite happy that he could cure himself without any one else's help.

After two weeks of this special treatment his pain in his stopped, just as the fourth doctor had said it would. The coroner's report showed that a massive, but easily avoidable heart attack had caused his untimely demise.

The man believed that there had to be another way. He believed that if another way existed, then it must also be a correct answer. He did not want to believe that there was only one way and that he would need to rely on someone else to be cured. There are plenty of answers in this life. Finding an answer that we "like" does not make it true. Nor, does denying the truth make it untrue. What we believe does not change what is true, but what is true should change what we believe.


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