Innocence revisited

Professional developments: benefits from loss of innocence

John Scott

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Abstract

This author reflects on an important attribute shared by priests, lawyers and doctors.

Article Extract

As adolescents and young adults we learned that functions of the three primary disciplines – religious studies, law and medicine – were pretty obvious. Prelates had a major role in maintaining stability within society, comforting people and fostering the concept of a next world while avoiding politics. Their rewards lay in the good feelings engendered by their work, acceptance of a coherent philosophy and practice, close contact with like-minded people, and the knowledge that they were secure in a material sense at the level they had chosen to adopt.

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