Do you ever have people tell you not to worry about this or that because “It’s nobody else’s business anyway?”
I imagine you do.
Well you know what the problem with that is?
There are just so many people out there who decide to make everything about everyone their business, while of course insisting all of their own stuff is not your business at all.
That’s the problem.
It’s my position that- regardless of any legal definition- if you have the right to life then a guarantee of being able to receive health care has to be part of that right. You can have the liberty to refuse care but all possible care has to be available to all persons regardless of ability to pay or life for all practical purposes has ceased to be a right. Given how much said health care can cost it isn’t enough just for the care to exist to say it is available to people. It’s not like how you can buy generic store brand foods or get your clothes from a thrift store to try to cut your own personal costs down. You can eat what the nutritionists recommend, work out like a competitive athlete, and still end up with poor health. It doesn’t even have to be your own genetics that get you. There are car accidents. Criminals harm people. Corporations can dump unauthorized toxic waste. You name it, it can go wrong, and for someone somewhere it will.
If you say the Constitution doesn’t cover health care, you might as well say that this document doesn’t specifically mention things like the air having oxygen or water not containing poison. As far as I can tell it doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need oxygen or that the government can simply say poison is good for you and make this true. I don’t have to be a constitutional scholar to understand that it couldn’t possibly cover everything, especially when technology is involved. Not only have many communicable diseases common in the 18th century been mostly eliminated here, but lives can be saved in a multitude of ways that would have seemed impossible back then.
You have people all the time saying that just because the founding fathers didn’t mention automatic weapons doesn’t mean that we don’t have as much right to them as simple handguns or rifles- so when it comes to being alive and staying that way, why can’t the same concept cover modern medicine as well as the old basic stuff like food and shelter?
And how are you supposed to be able to pursue happiness if you are unable to pay for a medication that is necessary for the continuation of your life? What if you might be able to technically remain alive but can’t continue to work without those meds? See I know some folks are going to say “get a job ” as the answer to everything but so many people do indeed have jobs yet still can’t pay for medical needs that such answers are laughable. Or they would be laughable if we weren’t talking about life itself often being what is at stake.
I’m so tired of folks acting like this can be just some intellectual political wonk discussion that emotion and ethics both can be left out of. If you honestly do think people have a right to live you can’t just act like health care is the same as a shirt or a toy or a chair. It’s not.
In recent years I have found myself feeling more Christmas-y after December 25 than before it. It’ll be a few days before Christmas, and I barely feel ready for it to happen at all. On Christmas eve and the day itself, I feel a little more like it. Then come the 26th, 27th, I’m thinking “NOW I want it to be Christmas!” Sometimes I think maybe I should celebrate Orthodox Christmas, but I’m not Orthodox, but then, do I even go to church often enough to call myself Catholic or even a Christian at all? At one point I thought the idea of being a Christian Witch was appealing, but I doubt that most Christians find such witches any more acceptable than other types of witch. And it would be understandable if witches who have distrust of christianity did not feel that use of the word “witch” can automatically make christians trustworthy. Mostly I just don’t feel like I belong in much of any organized group, whether it be religious or otherwise, and so maybe it is better if I am just me.
I like Christmas. And Easter. But of course we know there are a lot of very pre-Christian elements to the celebration of both these days. However Christian it is to celebrate the birth or resurrection of Jesus Christ, both celebrations tend to involve elements that predate his birth by some time. Pagan may or may not be the exact correct word, depending on which element, but it is certainly one word we could use for things that are more about nature’s bounty or the cycle of the year than specifically about the life and death of this individual person Jesus of Nazareth.
And I don’t know exactly where I am going with this, but it’s just part of whatever I am thinking about. I am thinking about this, and I am thinking about politics, and the results of the US Presidential election, and the impending inauguration day, and lots of other things. But I decided to write something about Christmas, because I like Christmas. I am interested in politics, but I don’t exactly like it. I like Christmas.
I was honestly surprised by how few kids were out for the official neighborhood trick or treat. It was from 5 to 7 last evening. The weather was amazing. About 70 degrees at the start, still mid 60s by 7. No rain.
I know some costumes would have been too hot, but so many years you see kids who have put a jacket on over their costumes and are still shivering.
Oh sure rain and fog and whistling winds are more associated with Halloween than sunny bright warmth is. But free candy is free candy regardless of whether there’s wind and rain or sunny blue skies.
Anyway it was pleasant weather to sit out and give the candy out. And you can tell the kids who do show up to take as much as they want.
Some folks would assume saying such a thing would result in some kid dumping the rest of the bowl into their bag, but the most any individual kid took was six pieces. And it turned out that kid had a younger brother who came running along moments later who was given half what the big brother picked out.
So, maybe people really are not as naturally greedy as some think. Or maybe they think it’s a test, and they’ll be on some hidden camera TV program taking 20 pieces and laughed at by the whole country. I suppose kids are aware such a thing could happen today from a much younger age than back when “Candid Camera ” was the only show of that type.
Either way there is a lot of candy left over. I think some will be going to an office candy dish, some to a few people my mom and I know, and the rest we can handle. Just because it’s not nutritious food doesn’t change the fact it’s edible. And oh yeah, some of it tastes pretty good.
I’m writing a post about writing a post to let anyone who might be interested know that I am still alive.
It’s not been a very good couple years. I keep trying to get myself into gear and the gears keep slipping. I think gears do that, anyway.
I was trying to look up 1950’s images of burgers and fries, or hotdogs, or milkshakes, that type of food. This would’ve been the time when my parents were either little kids or young teens, depending on when in the 50’s.
And I came across an image that linked to a blog post a couple years old, making me nostalgic for some junk food from my own youth, in the 1980s. Micro Magic french fries.
I wasn’t much on the burgers, because ewww, soggy buns… or the milkshakes, because, as the writer of the post points out, yeah, basically you’re just melting ice cream. (She liked the burgers, though.)
The blogger is an author named Jennifer Friess, whom I was not previously familiar with. Her blog is called “I’m not stalking you”.
If this is something you are interested in, click that link to the blog. She also has a post about more current items that are like the old 1980s products.
And she also found a Micro Magic Facebook fan page. In 2013 it had 13 likes. Now it’s got 56. Wait… make that 57.
Go ahead and add to that if you like.
Anyway, this is just stuff I found kind of randomly, so, whatever.