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Here's to Your Independence

Published July 4, 2014 1:43 PM by Glen McDaniel

I do not often repeat posts, blog or articles. However I have received several requests for a repost of this blog. One kind reader from Massachusets wrote, "That is the singular most emotional call I have read in a while. Please reprint on July 4th. Do not just refer to it give a link. Please reprint it so when anyone logs on they will see it on the front page of the ADVANCE blogs."


Well, for that kind reader and others, less effusive but still requesting a reprint, here goes: 


On July 4, 1776 the United States declared independence from Britain and a vigorous new democracy was born. This year we celebrate our 236th birthday and our founding fathers are probably sputtering in wonderment, “Who knew this experiment in democracy would be so successful?”

When American patriots chose to defy King, Crown, a powerful power structure, and even history itself, the conventional wisdom was that the fledgling movement could not survive. There was little more than a deep desire to be free, a belief in the power of determination and the shared aspiration to be independent.

Independence is a scary thought.  Whether it is a country, a profession, an organization or an individual, the status quo can be safe because it represents a known quantity. One learns how to cope with the expected; it is the unexpected that presents the greatest challenges. Psychologists describe this as the “better the devil you know” phenomenon and posit that it explains why even victims of horrendous treatment will opt to remain in what might seem to everyone to be an obviously untenable situation.

 It is not that our forefathers had all the answers, or were imbued with extraordinary strength and courage; it is simply that their desire for a better life superseded their fear. As executives in healthcare, beholden to so many masters and powerbrokers, we are often tentative about moving beyond our fears.

As a profession, we obsess about how we are beholden to pathologists, the government, regulatory agencies and other healthcare professionals. How can we deny the "reality" that we are negatively impacted and held back by so many?

One consideration often overlooked is the very preoccupation with the “reality” prevents us from changing it and moving forward. What would be the result if we chose not to be subservient or subject to the whims and fancies of others? The strong likelihood is we would be closer to our dream of a vibrant, independent, proud profession. The worst case scenario is we would be where we are right now.

Personally and professionally, individually and as a profession, I wish you a Happy Independence.



Happy Fourth to everyone.

Maria Cardoza MY July 4, 2014 3:06 PM
Atlanta GA

Happy Fourth to you Mr. McDaniel. I enjoy your articles and thank you for all you do for our profession over these years.%0d%0a%0d%0aHappy Independence Day to all my hard working fellow medical scientists wherever they may be over the country. Some of us are spending time with family, but many have to work to take care of patients. God bless you all.

Minerva T. July 4, 2014 2:22 PM
Flint MI

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