'Repairing the World'
January 01, 2007
If you are like me—closer to retirement than midcareer—after years of coping with the tragedies of patients with cancer, you are being jolted by the occurrence of malignancies or other serious illnesses in close friends. In response, we might be inclined to reassess the rewards of whatever cancer work we do. There's a case to be made for what could be a radical change in at least some of what we do: We should find other ways to use our skills to "repair the world." A translation of the Hebrew phrase "tikkun olam," repairing the world suggests social action and the pursuit of social justice. In particular, I urge considering some foreign service.