"Patch" Adams emphasizes love
April 27, 2005
By Lindsay Hitz
LEWISBURG, PA. — The physician and activist Hunter "Patch" Adams spoke about terrorism in the world and his personal solution of love in a talk sponsored by Student Health Services.
The April 20 visit was his fourth to Bucknell and he was blunt in his assessment of world conditions in his talk, "No time for timidity in these terroristic times."
"We are in terroristic times," he said.
His definition of terrorism went beyond the traditional "al Qaeda" form of terror. He cited societal problems that ranged from health insurance and outsourcing of jobs to world hunger. "The fact that a school teacher makes less than a professional sports player is terroristic," said Adams.
His solution: "If we want to end terror, the most sensible way is to love everybody." His method, he said, consisted of "intention, performance, and consequences … I will be loving to all people by performing universal friendliness."
Throughout his talk, Adams emphasized the importance of humor in combating terror.
Dressed in his trademark clown outfit, he said, "I clown to take love close. It's hard to attack people with love in a suit, but when you're a clown, it's entertaining." He said that he has taken clowns all over the world — from hospitals to prisons — to spread love and humor along the way.
Adams explained the importance of humor through his personal experience in starting the "first silly hospital for the terrorism of suffering" and how he has used humor in his career as a physician and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute.
The institute is dedicated to upholding a radical socio-political vision replacing greed and competition with generosity, compassion and interdependence.
Lindsay Hitz, a first-year student majoring in political science, is a Presidential Fellow in the Communications Office at Bucknell.
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