Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Election of Scott Brown

The attention brought to the U.S. Senate race to fill the late Senator Kennedy's seat has been nothing short of astounding. One of the reasons for elections is to make choices. This is a principle of any free society. Why people are so amazed that a Republican could win shows real disrespect for that party and all of the candidates. I am not saying that they have not done their part in earning a certain level of criticism. What is interesting is that so much power has been heaped on the outcome of this race. The entire health care reform movement is at stake. This is of course ridiculous. I seriously doubt that a little known politician can have that kind of impact. His vote on the matter is after all no more important than anyone else's. If the bill before Congress is so fragile that Senator Brown's election, and subsequent leveling of the playing field, has this effect, then the bill is seriously flawed to begin with. Politics at its worst is being played out before our very eyes with a critically important piece of legislation. We as a constituency are pawns in a squabble that has its roots spread through many fields other than health care reform. Congress is making a gross mistake with this injustice. If they can't see how disrespectful they are being of the American people, my guess is that quite a few of them will be seeking employment elsewhere come election day. The American public deserves more respect from their elected officials and everyone knows it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What will we learn from Haiti

Perhaps the greatest natural disaster in my lifetime has occurred in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Most of us have never seen anything like this. The news media is bringing this devastation to life unlike any other event they have ever covered. Compassion has never been more needed than it is right now. The world must and will, I believe, respond. How they respond will be carefully noted. This horrific situation brings humanity to its knees. We suddenly are thrown into the rawest form of the need to show the utmost respect for our fellow man. We know few or none of these persons individually. That does not deter us from coming to their aid. The logistical problems are immediately insurmountable, but step by step this tragedy will heal. This is a fine opportunity to come together for the good of others because it is the right thing to do. It will make us feel better to do something, anything we can. In so doing, respect, grace and compassion will be our surest guide.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Real Health Care Reform

Perhaps one of the most time consuming and important issues Congress addressed in 2009 and will continue to consider long into the future is that of Health Insurance Reform, cloaked in the more soothing heading of health care reform. I personally do not put my health care decisions in the hands of any government or individual health care practitioner, especially any medical professional. I sincerely hope that we take a lot of our own personal time in the coming days, months and years to give our bodies and our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health maintenance the respect and attention only we can give it ourselves. I am suggesting taking back some of the power we so willingly turned over to forces outside of ourselves, specifically the medical profession and insurance and drug industries. Relying on the knowledge for which people have been trained is critical. Discerning which people now what knowledge is paramount to the success of our maintenance program.

Our health and well being has improved immeasurably in no small part as a result of huge strides in the study of medicine. Antibiotics, anaethesia, vaccinations and a host of other incredible discoveries has afforded mankind a greatly improved survival rate. Remember there are a lot of people who have no access to medical care. There are also millions who choose non medical therapeutic modalities such as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture, herbal remedies and a whole host of others which provide great relief to the suffering and ailing. Consider the reasons why these healing arts have survived over the millennia.

There is a fundamental difference between healing and suppressive treatment. There is a difference between acute and chronic conditions. There is also a lack of awareness in ourselves about how these concepts relate to ourselves. I am suggesting that we need to raise that level of awareness. This will increase our level of respect for ourselves which will make it possible for us to increase our respect for those around us.

Become the quarterback for your own health care team. No one cares more about you or knows more about you than you yourself.