“We love the idea of a chant but, when will it return?” said Dr. David J. Mackey, the president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
“The answer is it depends on what we do and how much we have to do to have it happen.
If we don’t change the rules, then it might not happen, and we could lose it.”
The American Academy has been vocal in calling for the change in rule.
The group was founded in 1946 by American physician and Nobel laureate Thomas Merton, who said, “If the whole world wants to love and miss its neighbor, it will need to learn to love its neighbor and not hate it.”
Dr. MacKey said, although it’s an imperfect way to convey love, it is the only method of expressing love that is “relational.”
It involves people saying, “I love You, I wish You were here, and I miss You.”
It’s a way to express appreciation and a way of expressing a sense of connectedness, and Dr.
Mackey said, there are “other ways of doing it” besides chanting the chant.
It’s important to understand that people can change their minds.
They can choose to say “I do not like you, so please do not say it to me again,” or, “You did not mean to say that, but I really need you to say it,” he said.
“But the best way to get it back to being a chant is to get the message out.
If people are getting the message, they’ll be less likely to say, ‘I do love you and I wish you were here.'”