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Question everything…even your questions.

November 26, 2012

Recently posted to Facebook.com/FunctionalAnatomySeminars:

Dr. Dre says….

First off, as this page has swelled recently to over 2000 people I think it only right to thank everyone for showing interest in my work. I am truly humbled that some (hopefully many) of you get something positive out of it. Of course, along with all of the positive feedback and questions that I receive, I do hear ‘rumblings’ of people who…lets say ‘dislike’ my work…mostly because it counters one of their deeply felt beliefs (which in many cases represent someone else’s beliefs…see below). This is not new…nor am I the only to receive it. In discussing this very topic with some of my other colleagues who ‘share’ information via blogging, websites, twitter, etc…it is a common theme that for every person who likes what you say, there are others who don’t. This fact is TOTALLY fine with me….IF, and ONLY IF the person has spent the time to learn enough information to be able to form an opinion of their own (which takes a lot of time). What is irritating is when people just follow someone else’s lead and then hide behind them when questioned. “I don’t know the specifics….but so and so said that this is how it is…and so this is how it is because so and so is really, really smart.” When someone just blindly buys what someone else is ‘selling,’ that provides the leader the opportunity to say anything they want.

“I had a patient the other day who had right sided headaches…so I assessed the left cuboid and found that it was restricted so I manipulated it and the headaches got better. I don’t know why exactly…..but here are a few words that should ‘justify’ things….proprioception, kinetic chain, biomechanical, the “Central Nervous System”, the “Autonomic response”…and…antidisestablishmentarianisms (ya…that last one should convince them….muahahahaha”)

Question everything…Even your questions.

Now, for those who are sharing information and trying to build a solid foundation/theory for said information…I applaud you…EVEN IF I don’t agree with what you say. Good for you for trying to sift through the plethora of information out there and using your filter (that you built with effort, time, and hard work) to try to create something new…or a different way of looking at things. Some of you might read what I say and internalize it…as if I am speaking to YOU, or insulting YOU. I am not, I am simply questioning what you/we do. If you have a good theoretical reasoning behind what you are saying, and you put the effort in to really understand what you are doing….I would like nothing more than to discuss the topic with you….sensibly.

The following is my favorite speech…or excerpt from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt. I am not going to pretend that what I/we speak about on Functional Anatomy Seminars is as epic as what he is speaking about…but I think that it is applicable in some weird way to what I said above (although it is WAY WAY more serious a speech than is necessary for this discussion…& most likely over-dramatic….but I like it anyway) 🙂

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

THE MAN IN THE ARENA
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

Dr. Spina

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ThisIsYourMoment permalink
    November 26, 2012 6:13 pm

    Thank you for all that you do…helping me to learn my craft better Sent from my iPhone

  2. November 27, 2012 4:06 pm

    Fantastic…I appreciate how humble you are but your really are an innovator to this work. Where would we be without your passion….

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