Where Did This Country Go Wrong?
You can't ENABLE people to get worse -- you have to EMPOWER them to get better, so that they don't need MORE health care.
where the "progressives" have gone wrong. We need to dedicate this
society to producing healthier people -- rather than more health care
for people who aren't, and will live indefinitely in that declining
state of health. That's the whole orientation of the present health
care system -- to keep dysfunctioning people alive for as long as
possible in that condition -- because the money is just too damn good
Meanwhile, there is very little money in really healthy,
independent people. The lesson to be learned, is from the 10% who are
so healthy they never need to see a doctor -- and find out what those
people do -- rather than extrapolating the sickest 10% onto the entire
population -- because that becomes the self-fulfilling prophecy.
where the nation lost its vision -- in people becoming better, rather
than simply worse, and justifying that as "normal aging," and all its
attendant afflictions. Most people's problems are not caused by aging
-- but rather dysfunctions and dependencies, and the solution is not how
do we pay for more caregivers, but how do we create people who are
their OWN best caregivers -- so we don't have to pay for prohibitively
expensive "professional" caregivers to do what each could do best for
That vision has all but been abandoned, and is now
even being "outlawed" and penalized -- with the propaganda that such
people don't pay for their own health care if they actually need it, and
so should subsidize those who are totally dependent on it, as they are
for everything else.
But even then, a rare few will choose to be
as healthy and self-actualizing as they can be -- as what the human
enterprise and evolution is meant to be -- despite societal mandates to
The Future Will Be Different
doesn't just repeat itself -- as many unobservant people think. Life
is always changing, and never staying the same. How that life changes,
has not been predetermined -- but is the reason for our being and living
-- and not despite all our efforts. That is what makes lives
meaningful -- and not simply the dysfunction and despair many think it
beings "age" when they fail to adapt -- but continue to make the same
mistakes that aren't working, obviously -- and then think they always
have to be that way. And so their problems and difficulties become
irresolvable -- rather than the focus of all their efforts -- to get
better, to overcome their problems and difficulties.
if one is always learning, trying new ways, and not just repeating the
same ways that aren't working, there is a chance for an entirely
different outcome than their present course. Yet their conditioning and
habits, makes them do the same things -- that aren't working, and that
is their dying to each day and new opportunity for change.
change of understanding, is the difficult part of conditioning -- not
just for once, but for everyday of one's life -- and that is what keeps
one young and vital, sensitive and responsive -- and when one no longer
is that way, decline and deterioration will set in. Life is the choices
one must make. Dying is the thinking that one no longer can make those
choices that affect one vitally. Many live that way -- their entire
lives, and so that end, is unavoidable.
future will be different, if one makes it different -- in the very
thinking of it, but can never do so, thinking the same and simply
repeating what one has always done before. One doesn't improve by
simply doing MORE of what one has done before, but in doing it BETTER,
than they've ever done it before.
it is the movement itself that is important, and not the resistance to
such movement -- done increasingly badly, that one should not be
reinforcing -- until ultimately one fails in the various ways -- injury,
disinterest, and the lack of favorable results. Conditioning doesn't
have to be all those undesirable side-effects -- with little or no
positive benefits. Yet many will simply do what they have done before -- even without the hope of any improvement, simply because that is their conditioning -- to simply repeat regardless of the outcome.
One can be conditioning wrongly, as well as rightly, and not that any and all conditioning,
is good. Obviously, that is not true -- and that is the difference one
experiences in the world and life. So first, it is important to
discern and discriminate such differences, rather than follow the advice
of those who do not know what they are talking about, except to claim
to be the "experts" on such matters.
we find out that they have no idea of what they are talking about --
despite repeating it mindlessly all their lives. They've never
questioned that authority -- as their condtioning -- to get beyond to
the truth of that matter, and find out it can be different from the only
way they've been told, and unfortunately taught, by poor teachers and
the culture of those environments.
go on that way until it is "too late," and they can no longer change.
They are simply resigned to their fate -- that they can no longer get
better, but now and forever more, can only get hopelessly worse. So
while one is young, or at any time in one's life, one must recondition
oneself to the thinking that one can change -- fundamentally and
thorougly, and not just the hope that they can change only one thing,
while everything else remains the same. That is not how change works;
real change, changes everything -- so much so, that one doesn't have to
change everything. It produces its own momentum and life of its own.
But most people don't want real change, or change enough, to produce such a profound movement -- and that doing, is their very being -- the form they express and exude, and not simply how they wish it were different.
If one is observant in the gyms, and in the schools, and in all the
activities of life, one sees these forms manifested in all the behaviors
as well as the forms they take. Form confirms function. What one sees, is what one expects.
So if one can see without these preconceptions of what they think they are doing, one sees the truth of the matter, of simply what is
happening -- and not just the propaganda of what they think they are
doing. Those are the few that break through in any field of activity --
to attain the truth beyond, and that is what is important, and serves
them well all their lives -- regardless of the field of their
specialization. That is the universal truth recognized in all. That is
what rings true.
one thinks there is a different truth for every different occasion,
even if it seems totally at variance with every other truth one has
learned in life -- and so only the different experts in such fields, can
know that. But the truth is not like that. It is recognizable to
those who haven't been indoctrinated in all that propaganda to accept it
wholly. It can be recognized in any part of it -- because the truth is
always in the whole, and never in the half-.
many say, "I'm not ready for the whole truth, tell me just the half-."
And so what they know, is a collection of half-truths, not adding up to
any whole -- and so nothing makes sense, or is expected to. They
simply repeat what they have always done before.
And thus they age -- badly.
The Value of Life and Death
This is an important issue for the future.
When people have a pet that is suffering -- and that life is no longer viable, it is the humane choice to put that animal to sleep -- rather than keep it alive in pain and suffering for as long as humanly possible, and at whatever cost.
That same consideration and compassion should be given to human life as well -- rather than the insistence that people who want to end their lives, have to do it themselves in a horrible way. We have the technology to prolong life long past any consciousness and enjoyment of it -- but we also have the understanding to end it as painlessly, and humanely as possible -- when their very living is a constant torment.
Otherwise, people have to commit suicide by cops -- after taking many other innocent lives; they should be allowed to just make that decision for their own -- sparing the countless others from that pain and suffering -- just by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. So if we really are sincere at reducing the pain and suffering in the world, that would be the intelligent choice -- that people are increasingly allowed to choose for themselves.
The whole lesson of Christianity and other religions -- is to become at peace with one's own dying, and at peace with everyone else. That also is the object of life, and living.
A Future Worth Living
What's missing in the "health care discussion," is that HEALTH is
one's best health care insurance -- and not making THAT one's priority
and leading investment, makes all the other discussions moot.
amount of insurance is an adequate substitute for being in good health
-- and dedicating all one's time, energy and resources to that
attainment first -- rather than paying huge sums (one's entire life
savings/resources) to those who make a handsome profit on one's poor
health and condition. That's where this country made an immensely wrong
turn -- investing in the poor health of its individuals and
institutionalizing sickness as the norm -- rather than ultimate health
and its fullest actualization -- that solves all the problems.
this is the turning point towards the new way of being -- and not
simply deteriorating because one can, and every bit of one's resources
will be directed towards those ends. That is a totally meaningless
existence -- and the promise of retirement, and seniority, is defining
and reaching a higher standard of life than ever thought possible --
because one has all the time, energy and resources to dedicate to that.
That is a future worth living -- and not just being fodder for all the vultures of the world -- infinitely.
That 1.5% Social Security cost-of-living increase is ten times the interest rate they're paying out at the bank -- which is a godsend for savers.
What this country needs is an Office of Relocation so that people with
low incomes, can be relocated to communities where the cost of living is
very low -- rather than being trapped in the high cost, high crime
ghettos of the high-cost-of-living cities -- especially since they are
retired and are trapped and victims of those environments. They would
doubly benefit from a fresh start in life from the overcrowded cities --
and finally get a chance at the dream of American pastoral
They don't need to be there and would be far
better off almost anywhere else -- if there was some agency that would
expedite those moves. I know many think people should die in the homes
they've always lived in, but for many low income and even moderate
income people, obviously a life anywhere else would be better --
especially with such disparities that exist in the world. There could
even be an international branch of relocation so that people who want to
move anywhere else in the world on their Social Security, can choose to
do so expeditiously -- where they can live like kings and queens,
rather than be homeless in New York City, San Francisco or Honolulu.
countries might welcome these newcomers -- as valued citizens with high
fixed American incomes. There's probably a Walmart, McDonald's, or
Starbucks to make them feel right at home.
What 5% of the Effort, Produces 95% of the Results?
good friend Ken Leistner, (Dr. HIT) used to discuss and advocate how to
put out 115% effort all the time -- in whatever one does, which seems
to work while one is young and seems to have inexhaustible recovery
ability, even as one was almost constantly injured and recovering from
such enthusiasm -- but there eventually comes a time for all of us to
realize that going to the well too many times and exhausting it, comes
with the risk that one day, one might not recover, but then go into an
irreversible decline until one's ultimate and inevitable death -- which
is the old way of dying, rather than the new way of living.
still see that mentality at work in the thinking that increasing stress,
enables us to better tolerate it -- but only up to a point that it
overwhelms us, and then destroys us -- because we don't have infinite
ability to adapt and recovery, but will succumb as the more appropriate
fate. That is the reason, most traditional exercise and conditioning
strategies and regimens, seems not to be effective in the mature human
being -- and actually may wear them out faster, reducing their
resiliency and recovery.
the 80s, when many of my friends were well into their careers working
with top athletes, and seeing what worked for that small
unrepresentative population samples, I got sidetracked in working with
the the disabled, elderly and terminal on the other extreme -- which
posed a much more interesting question, of not what would work with the
most gifted individuals in that respect -- but what would work even
among the most hopeless individuals and conditions?
that was the more important question to ask, as people do not remain
young, competitive and combative all their lives, but eventually mature
and mellow out, and "age" in that familiar pattern -- of not recovering
from their efforts and battles, but then seem to enter into lifelong
declines -- that seem irreversible -- despite one's even added
determination to give even more to their efforts. but the results are
not forthcoming, as so they abandon those efforts, and give up thinking
that anything works, and that life from here on out, is simply a losing
proposition -- and they can no longer get ahead, except by deluding
themselves into thinking that is so -- and then disappearing from public
view as people do when in hopeless decline and deterioration to become
mere shells of their former selves they want nobody to witness, as they
can sense the horror of those reactions to seeing them -- and the pity
quite a comedown from those formerly at the peak of their game -- now
in rapid retreat from everything in life -- even their own images in the
mirror. The brief moment of glory, is no compensation for a lifelong
decline and deterioration that stretches over many decades -- affecting
all one does, and can no longer do, and is impaired and distressed at
every moment in life. So is there something one can do, some way one
can train -- that keeps one at 95% of their fullest potential, and not
110% -- followed by lifelong, irreversible decline without recovery and
seems to be the much more valuable, and sensible question to ask. What
keeps one at 95% capacity most of the time, and the excess capacity
untapped, goes to building one's margin of reserves and recovery ability
-- for a lifetime of unintended challenges a full life will embrace?
It is important to exercise those limits, as the key to one's survival
strategy -- and not routinely go beyond them thinking one grows
invulnerable by doing so routinely -- losing sight of one's abilities in
overestimating them on every occasion. That's how fatal and
debilitating accidents occur -- thinking one grows invulnerable to them,
by risking them always.
are conditioned to those responses -- rather than fine-tuning the
fine-lines that separates success from failure, and doom. What is the
margin of safety and reserve, one must maintain -- and actually
increase, so as to enhance one's survival throughout a long life --
thrive, and prosper? That is the obvious great frontier of these times
-- as many live longer, but most don't do it on the terms they would
like -- which would fundamentally revolutionize that stage of life, and
make it truly a golden age.
and "how much," seems to be the wrong approach -- because it is not
working, no matter how insistent they are that what "works" at a young
age, works for all ages, no matter what -- when the obvious truth of the
matter is that it isn't working as one ages, because it is not the
solution -- that fails in time, or there would be no problem -- and one
could just continue to do what one has always done before, with the same
great results -- but instead, one just gets injured, or dies
prematurely, often in an unprecedented rapid decline.
always a great question, has been what is sustainable for a long and
prosperous lifetime -- and not just a one-shot deal that is as quickly
extinguished, in every generation of newcomers willing to do anything
for a brief moment in that glory and fame? A few make it, but countless
more merely perish -- in vain. But more importantly, is the feeling
that they are still improving, or just an utter failure, with no meaning
and purpose of any improvement, and only increasing decline and despair
that anything matters anymore -- but then one will just continue to go
through the motions -- until one can't. That's no way to live a life -- or to condition oneself to live.