Sunday, October 23, 2011
Context is everything. Knowledge is power. A little information is a dangerous thing.
I could not agree more.
Receiving news without context, without explanation or interpretation can be unsettling. It can be terrifying. It can be dangerous.
I have learned that when your mother has cancer some context or simple elaboration can save you from spiraling into despair with every bit of otherwise benign news. When your child is diagnosed with food allergies some background and instructions can move you from feeling helpless and scared to empowered and prepared. When your baby is sick and cranky a little information can magically transform a life-threatening illness into something as innocent as teething.
Lately, I feel as though I live in a vacuum. I want out.