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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Take on Health Care Reform - When Does Talk Become Action?

In the 1800's Ralph Waldo Emerson told us that the world is made of two camps of individuals. He called them conservatives and reformers. Conservatives are quite happy with the way things are. They have established themselves in positions of power and influence in society and control government, institutions, and money. Control and Status Quo are the key words of a conservative. The conservatives grant favors to companies and individuals in the form of law to retain their control.

In the other camp are the reformers whose key words are Revolution and Change. The hero is often a reformer who finds flaws in the status quo and leads the revolution. If he succeeds a new order is born.

When change is instigated from the conservative point of view nothing ever really changes because in truth they do not want change. Change in so-called Health care reform is not based on revolting against the current system of health care delivery but with the way to pay for it.

The only way health care costs will lower is to create a landscape that rewards health instead of sickness. Conservatives will not let that happen. Sick people are valuable as evidenced by our massive health care industries.

A sick person is a drain on society. Needed in society is reform that rewards wellness. That kind of reform will not inspire a conservative. The sickness industry is a powerful lobby worldwide. The profit potential in drugs and surgical intervention is far too valuable for any conservative to give up. There is little promise from conservatives who will continue to raise taxes and pay for the system from the ranks of the well.

Eventually society will produce enough reformers to change society attitude to one that rewards wellness. What is my attitude?

· Assume responsibility to pay for my health issues

· Beware of the promise of artificial and synthetic chemicals

· Not depend on drugs or interventions to maintain life

· Not be a burden to society or my family

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Things Falling Apart

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,"

This was Yeats' grim observation of the political scene, after the First World War, captured incisively in the poem The Second Coming.

Unfortunately, these words apply not merely to the political scene but to everything and everywhere. It's all coming to pieces- the world we live in.

There are "weapons of mass destruction" across the continents, and if one is used, another will follow and then no body can stop the devastation.

The economy is getting worse each day. The voracity and corruption at the very roots of economy has reached a scale unimaginable.

The environment is unbalanced. It is all about global warming, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wild fires, earthquakes, Tsunamis, the melting icecaps... and the list goes on.

Does this ring a bell somewhere? We can't just sit back and watch.

It does not require any sixth sense to foresee an immediate future in which the world is hammered by the weather and stumbling from an economic meltdown.

We all thought for years that the future held, although vague, visions of progress and success, and that our problems would be "solved" by science. But now, as it seems, the same science is being held responsible for screwing things. In case of the global warming problem, we may have already done so.

Fortunately, these actions are not irrevocable and can be cured by the actions of man. The predicament of present times from which an escape is not possible apparently, still has a way out left that says "Never lose Hope".

It's just that we need to unite and raise our voice. But the problem does not end here. Rather, it begins here. As "the best lack all conviction", the sensible people are honestly confused. They don't know how to put the pieces of a shaken world back together. And so they are silent.

We don't need someone else to say these things. We can say these ourselves and must, so that the center holds, and things don't fall apart.

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