Intern

Truman Henderson
Truman Henderson is a student in his final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, where he is pursuing up a Philosophy major with a concentration in Logic alongside an Entrepreneurship minor. He is an aspiring law school student, and is currently studying to take the LSAT this summer with plans of applying in the fall. This pursuit aligns with his academic studies in ethics and logic, and his aim is to fight for truly meaningful change in the world. His hobbies include reading, video games, and writing music.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”  

– Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor

“We are all human and will necessarily experience death, as well as periods of wellness and illness. These experiences of “being well” and “being ill” are incontrovertibly shaped by societal context, availability of support systems, dominant cultural narratives around medical conditions, and access to adequate resources, above and beyond clinical pathology or “sickness.” Understanding this, it seems ethically unjustifiable to build on systems and societies that only cater to the un-sick; instead, I believe in critically interrogating our existing assumptions around health, sickness, and death, especially engaging with the anti-humanistic idea that health confers moral value. This philosophical orientation shapes the work I do for the Completed Life Initiative and my advocacy in the end of life care space.”