I had been thinking that I, a field doctor, have nothing to do with being a university professor. However, there are reasons for accepting the invitation.
In my work, I have been deeply connected to the eastern part of Afghanistan and have seen many calamities including wars, refugees, poverty, droughts and ethnic conflicts. I also saw the powerlessness of the medical and scientific technology that we take pride in. I wondered where our "intellectual works" are heading to. While I was busy taking measures for undergoing severe drought, I had been thinking that the relationship between nature and man must be a major theme for all fields in the future.
I have been realizing that we are entering an era of re-examination of what we have been studying and implementing. Actually, economic frontiers are disappearing and environmental change is threatening us. Technological civilization is coming apart everywhere. Views of the world are hugely diverse and fragmentary, and lack foundation and realism.
In such a situation, I understand that the Institute for Advanced Study is a positive initiative crossing over study fields, taking time and endurance and comprehensibly weaving an "intellectual vector" for the next era. I would be glad if I can contribute any help to my mother university by conveying actual situations on sites from the lowest seat.