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With the case of Theresa Schiavo as a backdrop, clinical, political and legal decisions in society and the way we train professionals are considered. The principles of hope, cognition and will are discussed relative to the bases upon which we train people to participate in making critical decisions that affect the lives of others. If post industrial societies bring with them an evolving reduction in personal responsibility, there is a potential for a dynamic of declining standards contrasting increased expectations. The ‘Goldilocks Effect’ is the ‘just right’ acceptable social/political/clinical/legal standard — a moving target. Despite the highly technocratic character of the systems within which we live and work, our efforts to produce professionals for the future who will diagnose, treat, advocate, counsel, interpret and apply the rules, requires skill sets beyond the technical. Do we, can we, should we address how and to what extent intuition plays into the decisions and practices of the people we are training? And is it possible to teach intuition in order to improve both the process and outcome of decisions like those faced by all of the players in the Schiavo matter.