Have you ever mistaken a label for an explanation? I have.
I once asked a physician about the annoying little tremor in my hands. I told her I’d had it all my life, as did my father.
“Don’t worry,” she said in a confident tone. “Those are just benign familial tremors.”
“Oh,” I said as if she had shared meaningful information.
It wasn’t until I left the building that I realized she had told me precisely nothing about why my hands shake. She merely gave me a label. …