Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy – Part 24
Where America Got It Wrong
If you look at the polar opposites of organizing societies you have collectivism on one side and then you have individualism on the other. These are not equal in regard to human development, or rather, for the individual to become the best person he or she can become. In the collectivism model the sameness is emphasized. With it’s “crab-in-a-bucket actions anyone attempting to rise above the status quo is pulled backdown into mediocracy and society and any nation caught in the trap will stagnate.
In the world America is the pinnacle of individualism. Every individual is to stamp out their own destiny. This individualism they inherited from their Christian roots, a by-product of Jesus’ teaching to “be ye perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect”. But the danger here is that individualism can cause you to focus on yourself and make you selfish and self centered, where there is no compassion.
America fell from its Christian values and threw away the puzzle piece to avoid the self centered trap. The individual growth was to be achieved by Jesus’ other teaching to serve others as a by-product of helping others. This is the price that is missing.
Some time, and by some group, the dream, the notion has gone out that a person doesn’t deserve anything beyond the person’s hard work and ingenuity. I will leave the speculation of how it happened, but I cannot understand how a society can leave possibly millions without health care. I have always dealt with my health issues with herbs and food, so I do not even believe in the present medical system and I still believe that everyone deserves healthcare regardless of whether or not I agree with the present dependency on doctors and drugs. With chronic, protracted and terminal illness there is no hope without help. And I do not wish to play God and determine who brought it on themselves and who could not get a job because the 1% rule the world in ruthlessness. And life without hope cannot be lived, only endured.
I do not understand the cruelty of the debate of arguing whether or not a healthcare bill is socialistic or not while, according to a Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, estimates that “45,000 Americans are dying annually, due to lack of health insurance,” http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18563_162-5318652.html
My question is , is the evil of socialism greater than the evil that 45,000 people die yearly and not enough people care?
This topic of health care is a major issue of service, in a macro way. An American moderate I heard on CBC was comparing the state of the poor in Canada with the state of the poor in America. He said that there was a great polarization in the USA and it was largely the poor vs the well-to-do, and that the poor felt disenfranchised from the system. He said that in Canada, the poor can at least get health care, and the vast majority have relatively the same care, so the poor in Canada at least feel like Canadian care about them, thus they do not feel detached from the whole.
I add, if America is not torn apart by their financial problems the poor vs the rich issue will destroy the nation in short order.