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Ezekiel Emanuel is the Chair of the Department of Bioethics at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Emanuel is a well-known authority on[…]

Emanuel proves you can be an optimist and a pessimist at once.

Question: Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the way the world is headed?


Ezekiel Emanuel: Both at the same time. I’m optimistic because that’s the only way. I mean you can only get up in the morning if you’re an optimist. We believe we can change the world for the positive. That’s what I think. And on the other hand I am pessimistic. I do think we have enormous problems. And I do think there is a kind of sclerosis in the system for not being able to address the system even when we have solutions at hand! And I just find that phenomenally disappointing.


Recorded: July 5, 2007

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