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About Toni-Leigh

I'm a complicated mix of ying and yang, short with a tall personality. I tend to say inappropriate things at all the wrong times. Always up for a challenge but I'm also somewhat of a nerd. As much as I love going out to the movies with friends, listening to music (which I'm in love with) or going to the theatre it doesn't beat a good book.

How to become a literature searching ninja

interesting way to think about research

The Thesis Whisperer

We often talk about ‘searching the literature’ – but how do you actually do it?

Literature searches are one of those skills that we assume students already have when they get into a PhD. As a consequence we rarely make time to explicitly teach the skills, so it’s probably not surprising that I meet many students who feel like they aren’t doing it ‘right’. Many of these confused students are too afraid to ask for help from their supervisor. I think the fear comes from the feeling that you should know, even if you have never been properly taught.

This fear, by the way, is a good example of the effects of what my friend Dr Mary-Helen Ward would call the ‘hidden curriculum’ of the PhD. The hidden curriculum is created by the environment in which you are located and instills you with the norms and values of your academic…

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Euthanizing the custodians of planet Earth

I recently read a very profound article on us homo-sapiens and our untimely desolation by Douglas Mulhall “Are We Enlightened Guardians, Or Are We Apes Designing Humans?” It left me asking, once again “why are we still even here” the majority of our species have caused more harm and destruction than any other species. Yes we are flawed and make mistakes but some of the mistakes that were and are being made affect the millions in huge clusters. So to euthanize or not to euthanize? We are not God to make this decision but thinking about reason behind people killing their own kin brings me back to our “torture” topic (now I am against torture in any form I can think of) isn’t watching someone you love and respect also a form as torture? To them and to you, so wouldn’t ending it be best? “The idea of giving up our freedom in order to preserve our freedom from attack by disaffected groups is being heavily debated right now, without much agreement.” (Douglas Mulhall, 2006) to torture or to kill? LMAO thinking of this sends me into a mental cascade of agony and endless cross roads without any instinctual way out or a curved path to follow. It’s the perfect “catch 22” you doomed if you do and you doomed if you don’t. Keep them alive and allow the emotional turmoil to kill you while they cruelly suffer in silence or kill them- you labelled a murderous criminal- but they free and so are you (well your conscience and emotionally). So what do you do? Who dictates what we are allowed to do? Do they consider a moral or ethical view when making the “tough decisions” or do they consider a religious view.

If it were me, I’d leave it to time- so it can take its course- eventually things will turn out as they supposed to, all I need to do is pray I make it out intact once everything is over and done. I know people tend to tell you that “you must decide” and the pressure we can place on one another is also a cruel form of torture but it really isn’t our decision, we aren’t selfless, smart, civilized, compassionate, empathetic or human enough to say- how can we, when some have the ability to kill millions of their own species (little children too) and others use defenceless animals/insects or livestock to abuse and overuse into near or to extinction. The very creatures we are to look after and protect.

Torture me this, torture me that

This is one of my least favorite topics, i don’t really like the idea of people repeatedly and purposefully hurting one person all for the “greater good”. to me it always comes down to “what is the greater good” and how do we as humans know what the greater good really is? we are our own worst enemies, i know i am my own worst enemy. i tend to sabotage myself in all ways possible just because i don’t think i’m worthy. others tend to think they entitled to own the world because they deserve it and its their right. if it were someone we knew and cared for….would we still want to torture them to save a country. i think it takes cold hearted people to torture another and thats when i start to consider the fact that maybe we shouldnt be saved. that we all deserve to die a fate worse than death…. but then i think of all the innocent childrren who have yet to live, make mistakes and grow. so this is not one of my favorite topics to discuss and its one i will never agree with. i am against torture even though some good comes from it, we have no right to hurt others and justify it by saying it was to help ensure safety and surcurity for all.

week 3- Equal and unbiased religious view

I follow the Christian (protestant) religion, and like many other it has shaped the way I think, live and interact with others. But I am proud to say I do not share many of the “ideals” of the religion. Yes the Bible does say “a man shall not love another man” but it also says “love your neighbour as you love yourself” and “man was created in God’s image” so does that not apply to everyone? Homosexuality and race are both hard limits for people in general, most people will proudly boast on how S.A is democratic and we all have equal rights but call someone a kaffir and immediately you are the evil spurn from hell. It’s just a word which originally meant infidel, so why give one word so much power??? It’s ridiculous, why give religion so much power? We will never be truly equal or a “free democratic nation” if we can’t let go of personal vendetta’s and primitive views. If your friend/sister/cousin/mother etc. is homosexual they still just managed to do something most of us aren’t lucky to do: they fell in love. Putting love into a colour category is extremely one dimensional and plainly unimaginable. It’s like comparing sand and vanilla ice-cream.

As a Christian I proudly say I have nothing against the gay and lesbian community but I do have something against religious freaks who take the Bible literally and are stuck in the old testament and racial pigs who use the colour of their skin as an excuse, those who bastardise it, ignorant fools who cannot think from another’s point of view and see from a different perspective; regardless (I know holding a grudge is wrong I am working on my issues) those people are keeping us behind in more ways than one.

Direction of the moral compass

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When it comes to “right and “wrong” everyone is an expert, we all seem to think we’re right but when everyone is right does that mean there is no wrong? WELL DEFINATELY NOT! That’s why laws are in place (laws aren’t always right either thus voting) but in our practice how do we know what to do? Luckily for us we don’t have to make that decision, there were many before us that have done this and have found which ways are best we just complicate it by objecting our own personal views onto others. Patients have rights for a reason, we have to respect their wants whether we agree with it or not. When it comes to treatment there is a little word “compromise” that we all need to make friends with, if a patient does not want treatment or the treatment you want to give them then find some middle ground you cannot force your will onto others. So what to do when we face the epic battle, our last stand against the immoral demon? Can you wash your hands free from all the madness and walk away? Do we chart a new course for “not my problem Ville” that of cause is up to each and every one of us.

How much is too much, where do we draw the line?

Growing up i was raised with the saying “treat others they way you want to be treated” and today its embedded into me. I always thought it was a given: respect, dignity and sincerity- respect others and their privacy, always be genuine, give them the dignity they deserve and care about their feelings, preferenes and their culture. Its tools I’ve brought with me during my studies and I hope to always carry it with me but how much is too much? Does “too much” even exist and where do we draw the line?

Throughout this module; I want to learn about this ‘imaginary line’ we should not be crossing and why? why do we need to maintain professional distance from our patients and does it add or distract from their treament. after all we should do what is best for them- our patients; but at what point do we think about the personal cost it has to/on us.

Showing empathy is a healthy way to establish positive relationship with your patients, when you care about their well being they are more eager to do what you ask, as they know its in their best intersts. How do we give them our best when we are limited in certain ways, who is to say what is ‘morally ethical’ and what is not- who are we to judge. As a future health care professional i want to give my patients the best care possible because my mom or someone i love will be another professionals patient at some point and i would expect that they be given the best care possible. how do we maintain professional distance and  give our patients the best care possible, how do we assure that our colleagues do the same. Is it even our place to do so? Is our patients health worth bending the rules for?