To describe the picture (left) that I took on Friday, I could possibly write ad nauseum about the invasive canary grass that is overtaking the lake, snubbing out the valuable native foliage and making it impossible for endangered fish to swim through. In some ways: it resembles our struggling economy.
Yet what I loved about this picture is how the geese are making a rest area out of it and thriving. [Taking a bad situation and making it work for them.]
Now this next photo regards a park in Bellevue, Washington. It used to be a field overtaken by invasive Himalayan blackberries. When volunteers began removing the brambles - they found this flowering red currant, a native plant, struggling for life in the midst of so many thorns. Talk about overcoming so much oppressive chaos! Look closely at this (click on the photo to enlarge). See how the sunlight could not get through to its lower stem, and how crooked the bush grew to reach the light (before the invasives were removed)?
This plant kept on growing/living no matter how bleak life seemed but other natives were not so lucky, obviously.
HOW THIS RELATES TO US
I'm thinking about socialized "health-care." It's a topic that makes the rich choke/those migrating geese who seem to support the status quo. (E.g., I know someone who receives insurance and goes to the doctor three times a week for superficial/cosmetic or massage services and I know her sibling who does NOT receive medical insurance at all, he cannot afford dentures when teeth were lost to a bone disease).
SOMETHING ELSE I REALIZE
Just a few hundred years ago: insurance was non-existent. Our ancestors treated their illnesses with herbs and were very deeply connected to authentic food sources from Earth. I strongly feel we as a people need to get back to our roots in this regard (go to the doctor's office much less often and learn how to provide remedies for ourselves).
Nowadays everyone EXPECTS traditional health-care as a "right" and that makes me think even more deeply about how effectively society has taught us (over this past century) to remain reliant on the government/others for rescuing us from our own demise.
On an ethical basis -- having knowledge for saving someone's life (and not doing it) seems utterly cruel and heartless. So we as a country must find a way to strike some sort of realistic balance.
ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION
Since the world has replaced our historic "tribe" and the global community has replaced our watchful neighbors from the past . . . the world needs to step up, and fulfill its role as the new community and become that conscientious mentor. I propose that our government begin to utilize the free education system to teach all people how to heal themselves with folk remedies. Then - universal health-care can be afforded for treating people on an emergency and life-saving basis.
LONG STORY SHORT: These are trying times we live in. Like the flowering red current (pictured above) we can struggle to make it on our own -- and one or two of us might survive. Yet how much better to remove the obstacles that snuff-out the sort of livelihood that would benefit us all (not just benefit the few wealthy who flock together, like the geese, and then have the ability to fly away when times get too hard).
Knowledge is power!
What motivated this entry: A good friend called yesterday to ask what herb she could possibly use to resolve her cat's mouth sore. Already she's spent hundreds of dollars at the veterinarian office to no avail. THAT is only part of what inspired this topic for today. Perhaps you can think of an even BETTER solution than the one I've proposed.
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