When I first learned that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been shot in the left temple, I felt a fierce pang for her, because I knew only too well what damage to that part of the brain can usher in-- a suite of disabilities, affecting everything from language to locomotion.
Even Hippocrates hinted at this powerful connection when he said that he would rather know what sort of person has a disease than what sort of disease a person has. He also said that natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
We all agree our government needs major restructuring: five agencies that handle housing problems? It's crazy! But an overhaul isn't achievable, and innovation and reconciliation are impossible, if we're all hunkered down feeling unsafe.