Among other problems, dentistry’s struggle to embrace scientific inquiry has left dentists with considerable latitude to advise unnecessary procedures—whether intentionally or not. The standard euphemism for this proclivity is overtreatment. Favored procedures, many of which are elaborate and steeply priced, include root canals, the application of crowns and veneers, teeth whitening and filing, deep cleaning, gum grafts, fillings for “microcavities”—incipient lesions that do not require immediate treatment—and superfluous restorations and replacements, such as swapping old metal fillings for modern resin ones. Whereas medicine has made progress in reckoning with at least some of its own tendencies toward excessive and misguided treatment, dentistry is lagging behind.
James Ivory’s The Remains of the Day (1993) is, besides being a masterfully crafted drama, a great example of how people can fall into a pitfall of not doing something that will have a considerable impact on people’s lives and ultimately have a greater existential meaning. Many of us are waisting the best days of our lives and we are not even aware of it. In this episode, Dino talks about how Mr. Stevens, the main character in the film The Remains of the Day, realizes too late what could have his life been if he only acted and thought differently. The main subject of this episode is regrets, in this case, regrets of not doing the right thing, the regrets of not exploring the opportunities that present themselves at some point of one’s life.
LINKS: The Remains of the Day on IMDb. The Remains of the Day on Letterboxd.
MUSIC: Kevin MacLeod: Ghost Dance Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)
VIDEO and IMAGES: Image of Socrates, copyright 2005 – Eric Gaba for Wikimedia Commons “The Remains of the Day” Dir. James Ivory. Columbia Pictures, 1993 Video footage of youth from videezy.com Scenes from the film by movieclips.com