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Holding another person’s life in your hands …

Listening to the radio about refugees from Syria searching for a safe place to stay, at the same time preparing for a day-trip to Copenhagen to attend a symposium about the harm which far too often is caused by pharmaceuticals.

Reminding myself about some lines written by the The Danish philosopher K.E. Lögstrup who describes the experience of “holding another person’s life in your hands” and the responsibility that comes with it.

“The emotional significance of the metaphor grows out of the contrast in the relationship to which it refers, namely, that we have the power to determine the direction of something in another personґs life, perhaps merely his mood or in an extreme case his destiny” (Lögstrup, 1971, page 29).

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