I have discovered lots of cool things about living in Israel. While people here are notorious for being rude, small shop owners have sold me stuff on credit (“Just pay me next time you come in”), or even loaned me their own personal knitting needles for a project. I have never once been catcalled by a construction worker here. (In the US, I don’t think I passed a single construction site without someone rating my appearance.) And I just discovered that clowns, which I never found funny, but always thought bizarre and pitiful looking, have been transformed into valuable members of medical teams in hospitals. Check out this video:
The US has also worked at integrating specially trained clowns into its medical programs. I’m impressed by what this video shows: how the clowns interact with patients from newborns to tweens, their level of training, and their acceptance–nay, the demand for them–by hospital staff. For the medical field to take the leap to seeing medical treatment through a very young patient’s eyes, and to work to make the experience of hospitalization and treatment more comfortable for that population, is commendable.
I often despair that life is not a progression from barbarism toward greater civilization. And then I see videos like this, and hope is restored.