“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”
Richard, of Free the Animal notoriety, recently posted this erudite dismantling of ADA (American Dietetic Association) group-think (in general), and more specifically, the Tatyana Kour piece that I mentioned a few days ago in this post. Today’s offering, then, could be thought of as a continuation of that same theme. This post is not meant to address the (multiple and extreme) failings of the ADA in particular, or government health care reform efforts as such, but will focus more so on each individual’s responsibility to “the health care cause”, and the unique place of Metabolic Syndrome within the grand scheme of things. That said, in matters concerning the current debate raging on the Hill, and more specifically, in the Senate, I defer once more to the erudite GK Chesterton, and his observation that,
“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected”.
Alright, alright – so the “Gub’mit” is a big, broad and easily bashed entity. And I’ll admit that Gub’mint hatin’ is kinda like hunting sloth – there’s just not much sport in it. But now that I’m on a roll, I have to add one more philosopher’s take on the subject. These two snippets are from my man Friedrich Nietzsche, and they offer a tidy segue into what I wanted to discuss today. In Nietzsche’s view, democracy can be explained as:
“two wolves and a lamb, voting on what to have for dinner” and “A political system calculated to make an intelligent minority subject to the will of the stupid.”
And both statements are apropos, I believe, when it comes to government involvement in health care. Now, I’m not opposed to government’s involvement in health care in a contemporary Conservative/Progressive sense, nor do I stake any claim along mind-numbing, sound-bite, ideological lines. There are too many competing (and symbiotic, as well) tentacles wrapped around the whole of the issue.
With that said, to the left is a sketch depiction of how I envision the make-up the black hole that is our (collectively) current health care situation, with Metabolic Syndrome smack dab in the center of the vortex. All the blather currently taking place on the Hill will ultimately result in only shifting the vortex a smidgen left or right – momentarily deform the storm structure, as it were – until it ultimately re-organizes anew (and it most certainly will) with the same veracity as before. The only way to permanently disable the storm is to bust-up the vortex, and TTP reader’s know very well how to accomplish that task. The problem is that the entities fueling the storm have the same knowledge as you and I – or worse, they are truly clueless, manipulable, and in a position to serve, unknowingly as added fuel (see Richard’s post, re: the ADA). Defeating Metabolic Syndrome is easy – TTP readers slay the beast on a daily basis. But who stands to profit from this slaying? No one, and that’s the crux of the problem. Big Ag., Big Pharma, Big Oil? Remove Metabolic Syndrome from the center of the storm, and these players’ profits are soon (and permanently) crippled. Not only are their profits crippled, but their influence over government policy is reduced – double whammy. The self-perpetuating, self-strengthening storm then collapses in upon itself. A victory for health equates to an ugly bottom line for the big players, and that simply won’t do.
Surely, though, we’ll all be saved by the next, more enlightened generation, right? Uhh, not so fast – the big boys, it seems, have beat you to the punch –
Cute, huh? Budding little diabetics. Or worse.
Save yourself, and save those who’ll listen and can be turned. And stay in touch with my friend Brent Pottenger, at healthcare epistemocrat, as he explores some ingenious options for mapping our way out of this morass.
There is hope. There is always hope.