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September 07, 2009

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giladl

Once again a great read. So clear and so real - thanks.

Peter Temes

Irving - thank you; very well said.

I think the fundamental question that lingers for me is whether we can foster a culture that enables ordinary people to make decisions based on their personal interest in the common good, rather than their immediate solitary interests.

Atul Arya

Irving - you raise some important issues. My own sense is that over the last decade, tribal feelings have been fueled by rhetoric from media and politicians all over the world and in particular in the US. The recession has brought this into sharper focus due to loss of jobs and deep sense of anxiety and uncertainty for the future. In his eulogy to Senator Ted Kennedy, President Obama said:

“We cannot know for certain how long we have here. We cannot foresee the trials or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We cannot know God’s plan for us.

What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world, so that someday, if we are blessed with the chance to look back on our time here, we can know that we spent it well; that we made a difference; that our fleeting presence had a lasting impact on the lives of other human beings.”

I hope we can live up to this challenge.

G. Powell

Great incite. To bad we don't hear this from the 24 hr news network talking heads. They seem to me to be promoting the hysteria.

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I really enjoyed with reading this poat and impressed same time.Great job done by you!!

dblwyo

Irving - eloquent, touching and accurate at least imho. There are objective, subjective and political aspects to this. On the objective my best pass at interpreting the socio-dynamics of HC, the vicious feedback loops that drive costs and how exchanges with standards would be a "forcing function" that could lead to a virtuous loop of evolutionary improvement is: http://llinlithgow.com/PtW/2009/09/a_taughttauttaunt_moment_healt.html
On the subjective, implicit in Hillel's definition is a sense of compassion. People have seen the verities of generations disappear overnight in world they know was beyond their control and now find they don't understand. That's a recipe for fear - the lizard-brain takes control.
On the other hand one would hope the leadership would be responsible and, if they have objections, work to provide alternatives, persuade the forebrain rationally while convincing the hindbrain emotionally; instead of exploiting the fears inherent in us all. Civilization is indeed a thing veneer:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/19370588
Beyond that welcome to Bismarch's sausage-factory of political decision-making. The sad irony of all this is that the intransigent opposition is damaging its constituencies, the country and its own long-term benefit on the sacrificial alters of short-term political expediencies and advantage.

Sylvia

I may be harsh, but I don't think you deserve health insurance if you don't work. If you want to get on the bible's view of getting paid without working, it says, "If you don't work, you shall not eat". In other words, get a job and take care of your business. Don't let others do it for you. We need to start being accountable for our actions instead of letting others bail us out.

Nick

"But, how about the demagogues who should know better but yet, seem to be selling their souls for votes and ratings, as they aim to derail health care reform by scaring people with their lies and angry, divisive rants?"

This is the crux of the issue. Obviously, free speech is vital, but what happens when people with a radical agenda abuse free speech? I don't have an answer, other than to boycott anyone who advertises or supports such programs.

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