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I love, therefore I am

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It was Rene Descartes that said, "I think, therefore I am."

In the mid-20th century, Albert Camus changed that to I act, therefore I am. This expression became the calling card of those who called themselves existentialists. But in the late 1960s, William Sloane Coffin, a congregational firebrand of a college chaplain at Yale University, reformulated this concept to amo, ergo sum. I love, therefore I am.

For Coffin, it was by the fullness of love in one's life that one comes to understand who we are. He believed that if your heart is full of fear, you won't seek truth, you'll seek security. But if a heart is full of love, it will have a limbering effect on the mind. In the end, Coffin believed that love measures our stature. The more we love, the bigger we are. There is no smaller package in all the world than that of a man all wrapped up in himself. Coffin could not have been more right. This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.