...Medicine becomes a commercial business, and loses its humanity by treating health and life primarily as a profit-driven industry. It becomes harder and harder to maintain compassion in this system which prioritizes quantity over quality and pleasing people over healing them.
...Government strays from the principles of democracy toward the egotistical satisfaction of one man or group. The checks and balances created to curb the accumulation of power in one place stretch to the breaking point.
...The Earth herself becomes a thing of contempt to be conquered, abused, and dumped upon. With no reckoning of the planet's needs nor the needs of those who walk upon her-- even the human needs.
And perhaps, she even fights back...
Greed is not unique to medicine; it is not unique to politics; it is not unique to business. It is pervasive in our western culture, and it is running amok. The accumulation of wealth has become the newest addiction.
Any system that operates for the sake of amassing Power, whether in the form of money, land, or political control... this is what our Founding Fathers tried to guard against.
Can we renew our government's laws and traditions, can we find a way to shield medicine from a process that considers only efficiency and profit, can we bring the tenets of preservation back to our treatment of the Earth, and can we provide human services to all human beings, while showing compassion and humanity to the other animals we share this planet with?
Can we re-acknowledge the sanctity of life, including our own?
Can we re-member the Golden Rule, and only do unto others as we would like done to us?
This is why I write. This is why I coach. Because there are so many of us who object to the current state of affairs, and we need to find each other. But let's band together as a community, not as a mob. As a group where each individual has a voice and their needs can be met, not as a cacophonous bevy of violence seeking only an outlet for its frustration.
" When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. "
- abraham joshua heschel