You must have a heart, maybe from a pig

Eddie Fisher, a terrific singer popular in the 1950s, occurred to me the other day because he was singing: pig to a man. Ultimately, this extraordinary medical breakthrough could potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives, but doctors first had to get permission from the dying patient.

“Am I going to crack? “He asked, as reported by The New York Times, and I thought it was: the incredible and deeply important sense of humor that my fellow Americans have in even the most difficult situations. more difficult.

I make a joke myself on my way out of Walmart wearing a mask to hide my identity.

There’s one employee who usually hits first, asking me once through his own mask if I knew the most amazing of all rock stars had never made a record. I said no and asked who he was talking about.

Mount Rushmore, he said.

But recently, in this exceptional land of ours, we did not seem so exceptional.

Here we are with a polarized culture, polarized politics, indelible traces of Trump, race riots, a riot on Capitol Hill, the disaster in Afghanistan, inflation delivered with a shrug, COVID-19 confusion over pretty much all fronts, Bernie Sanders ideological bug infecting Endless Democrats, Russia and China challenge us around the clock, Iran still working on its nuclear weapons and Joe Biden as president.

Well, better than the alternative if he were to resign, but back to Eddie Fisher, once married to Debbie Reynolds and then Elizabeth Taylor, and that wonderful song he sang in, “Get your chin off the floor, sir you can be a hero, you can open any door. … “First you have to have a heart. “

With all of that in mind, pull some oomph, if you will, from the fact that America is still a scientific wonder in the 21st century.

We learn that this particular operation took place in Baltimore, it took eight hours and is the result of the technically complicated and sought-after discovery that pigs are much more capable of providing usable and sized organs for humans than they are. ‘other animals if they are genetically modified.

The patient was not allowed to obtain a heart from a recently deceased human as there are not many donors, the demands are high and he was on the verge of death.

Pig heart is his now and has so far done its homework faithfully, giving hope that there will come a time when hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved by pig kidneys and hearts.

So have hope not only in science, which I think will bring us healthy and viable solutions to climate change, for example, but in politics if we can restore faith in what has kept us alive. our better days, like the genius of our founders, the Constitution, the rule of law, free markets, freedom of expression and the consent of the governed but also the separation of powers and other means to avoid the tyranny of the majority, which can sometimes happen.

There is a fairy tale called “The Three Little Pigs”, and remember they were brothers living in three different houses, two made of sticks and straw and one made of bricks. The big bad wolf came over, threatened to blow up the houses and succeeded with the more fragile ones, eating two of the pigs. The brick house doesn’t collapse, and the third pig eats the wolf in revenge on his lost brothers.

Our American house is made of bricks and we can keep it that way, but in the face of all these problems, we must first have a heart and hunt the wolf, not eat it.

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