Sunday, October 18, 2009 | Categories: Episodes
The French philosopher Blaise Pascal believed there is 'a God-shaped void in the human being', a kind of longing which can only be filled by the Eternal.
But Pascal was also a mathematician, so he would have known that nature abhors a vacuum. If there's a God-shaped void in the human being, somehow or other, it is going to be filled. With alcohol? Drugs? Work? Music? Shoes?
Gabor Maté knows the void well. Dr. Maté is a physician who works with addicted men and women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Mary Hynes speaks to Gabor Maté this week on Tapestry. His latest book is In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.