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The Discernment of Patch Adams Hunter Patch Adams is the main character in the film Patch Adams Hunter was lost and confused when he checked himself into a mental hospital after trying to commit suicide Plagued with the uncertainties of life he realized that he needed to get medical help Throughout the movie it is easy to see how his character grows and uses the discernment process to bring meaning to his life as well as others he came in contact with At the mental hospital Patch is able take the time needed to make a clear choice on what he will do with his life with his head and his heart Arthur Mendelson one of the patients at the hospital shows Patch how to look beyond the problem to find his answers Later on that evening he helps his roommate Rudy kill the imaginary squirrels It is at that moment that Patch realizes the answer that he has been searching for He realizes that he wants to help people learn about people and listen to people Rudy and the other patients at the mental hospital helped him to help himself He was able to forget about his own problems while helping others forget about theirs He checks himself out of the hospital to fulfill his dream The discernment process consists of four basic principles incarnation to give and be given up universality and communion The principle of incarnation and death reminds us that not to waste time but to manifest our love here and now because there may not be another chanceWolff 125 Giving and being given up is exactly that giving evrything possible to improve the human condition while accepting others and being able to serve them with a truer loveWolff 125 Universality is being able to view all humans regardless of race ethicity and background as equal The last principle of communion embodies unity When we as human being
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