I found “In defense of public service” by Dovi Meles (January 11) to be well written, honest, and an on-target opinion piece. It sounds to me like Mr. Meles marchs to the beat of his own drum, traveling the path less traveled, and for that I applaud him.
I have a doctorate in clinical psychology, and have used this to bridge the gap, so to speak. Working in the field of psychology for the last 20 years, I have come to generalize the findings of my research of veterans into the general population. The most robust factor in emotional healing is a sense of affiliation and social support. I have the privilege of working directly with the Department of Defense on various military bases around the globe, conducting pre- and post-deployment workshops for all branches of service. Putting pieces of lives back together after life-changing events is vital to healing, and maintaining a positive perspective is the fuel that puts it into motion. This is why I was so moved by what Mr. Meles so eloquently wrote about the importance of tolerance, and of moving closer together in order to form alliances and strength from which we all will benefit. He has said that all people should reach across the aisle and form an understanding and awareness of other people’s beliefs, culture, and religion. The only way we broaden our perspective is to open our hearts and marvel at our uniqueness and our similarities. I think his article is a call to action, in which he has demonstrated how moving beyond the confines of our own minds and expectations opens a vast world of endless possibilities.