One nice thing about graduating is all the loot. Yesterday I got a little leather case in which to carry a two inch notepad. I can think of many, many uses for a two inch notepad. Like writing the letter A for example. Or S. Or even M. Using just three pages I could show Sam how to write his name.
But I did get a very nice gift today from OSAC. It was a fancy pen engraved with my name and "M.D." It was a bit alarming to see. But once I was over the nice gold letters after my name, I realized how convenient it was to have a pen with which to write on my new pad.
The best gift of all came yesterday from the Boss. She couldn't wait until actual graduation day and neither could I. Plus, I took a message from Hobby Lobby a couple days ago when she was working on a paper and they refused to tell me what it was regarding, so I had a feelin' something was coming. Turns out, my sweetie got me a framed James Christensen print. He is my favorite artist. He did the garden room murals in the Nauvoo temple as well as many gorgeous paintings like "The Widows Mite" that we've had hanging next to our door for years. The print she got me was "The Oath". I love it. Not much more to say than that.
But speaking of the oath, I was wondering if anyone would care to comment on this conundrum. The Oath of Hippocrates we will be taking during graduation is this:
I do solemnly swear by that which I hold most sacred:
That I will be loyal to the profession of medicine and just and generous to its members;
That I will lead my life and practice my art in uprightness and honor;
That into whatsoever house I shall enter, it shall be for the good of the sick to the utmost of my power, I, holding myself aloof from wrong, from corruption, and from the temptation of others to vice;
That I will exercise my art solely for the cure of my patients, and will give no drug, perform no operation for a criminal purpose, even if solicited, and far less suggest such a thing.
That whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives of others which is not fitting to be spoken, I will keep inviolably secret.
These things I do promise, and in proportion as I am faithful to this, my oath, may happiness and good repute be ever mine--the opposite if I shall be forsworn.
My question is, should I feel conflicted at all about taking an oath when the scriptures say not to? Is there anything qualitatively different in this oath than in the kind of oaths forbidden?