Right now, I can barely breathe. Louisiana attorney general has announced that open season murder of black people by cops is still legal. There's no point in getting angry, because healing comes from a place of love, not anger. Many whites aren't happy about these assaults and assassinations, either. Yet, we as united people, not manipulated by or governed with the type of hatred propelled by the illness of stupidity, must clamor together and dispel this pestilence that is killing people, black people. There's only one race, any half-educated, semi-critical thinker knows that; so, killing black people is actually killing the entire race. And those that aren't murdered remain standing with chronic, preventable diseases, like strokes, high blood pressure, cancer, and others. Continuing at this rate with this lack of connecting all of the causes and results is going to be the basis for the extermination of the entire race. How can a few dirty, racist cops, hold the entire nation hostage? #standup #altonsterling #louisianacopmurderers #trumpedagain #seewhycolintakesaknee #cantstandforthis
Our inability to see (or refusal to admit) that chronic diseases are:
among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems
is key in what separates us from wellness and health.
"Telling people, as I was told by my doctor, that depression is caused by a problem in your brain is, firstly, untrue and it is also really problematic because it cuts people off from finding the real causes of their depression and anxiety. We’ve been telling ourselves this chemical story for 35 years and every year depression and anxiety gets worse."
To stop illegal drug use, we typically punish, isolate and shame addicts. Journalist Johann Hari explains how these methods perpetuate addiction, and how human connection can be an effective antidote.
The automotive marketing research firm also found that Chinese students who bought new cars spent an average of almost $53,000, with 32 percent paying cash, the magazine reported. The group of American students surveyed spent an average of $19,000 on a new car, with fewer than 5 percent paying cash.
2015 article describes a "wealthy 2nd generation" culture at Penn State University (PA) that has grown out of China’s recent rising affluence, where many of the Penn State Chinese students interviewed for this story said their cars play an important role in their social life and indicated that American students don't care about clothes or cars. A local dealer even goes as far as sponsoring a car show with Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Volkswagen and Nissan cars where Chinese students enjoy free sushi, authentic Chinese bubble tea and other food and drinks set up in a buffet while they browse for cars.
It seems China's single-child policy also has played a role in why Chinese students buy cars once they arrive at Penn State as some parents see money as the only way to connect with their children who are studying thousands of miles away.
“I can’t give you love because I’m not around you, so all I can give you is money.”
Rife with many violations of wellness, the story above describes a sort of sprouting elitism rooted in what is described by some parents of the Chinese students as a way to give love. However, this type of "love" actually gives little to no care about the breaches in environmental wellness (increased emissions), financial wellness (excepting the local luxury car dealers, and Penn State University's bursar), social wellness (elitism partitions the community into a caste-like system), physical wellness (chronic diseases and disorders related to the stress of the caste-system, and added emissions from the cars), and emotional wellness (anxiety, depression, anger in those who do not have $50,000 in cash to purchase a luxury vehicle and all of the associated real and perceived "benefits").
And so initially, I thought, well, this is an isolated incidence of sprouting elitism until a a few discussions and the next article later...
"The parking areas at John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School here on Long Island can sometimes resemble a luxury dealership — BMWs, Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benzes.
And these are the students’ cars, not the teachers’."
And reading further, one discovers that the crusty rich NYC suburb, Great Neck, is suffering with making a decision about how to accommodate the increase in need for parking space, as for high school seniors, driving had become a necessity, since many have jobs, internships and other after-school activities.
"The parking challenge is a symptom of a new age of opulence — many families in affluent school districts are far richer than a generation ago and more able and willing to indulge their children."
The school has plans to pave over one of its former athletic fields to create the lot, however, has provoked a backlash from residents who call the $652,000 project too expensive and say it will attract more traffic and deprive the neighborhood of precious green space.
1. Angela Bazon, 18, Mercedes C-300
2. Josh Vilinsky, 17, $62,000 Mercedes Coupe
3. Rachel Ozari, 17, 2018 Jeep Cherokee
Luxury Cars On Campus: Chinese Students At MSU Flock To BMWs, Maseratis, Other High End Autos
Why Teens Shouldn't Be Driving Luxury Cars
Why Your $80,000 Car Doesn't Impress Me Any Longer
Chinese Students Major In Luxury Cars
The sprouts of elitism aren't green.
We absolutely and unequivocally have created this toxic stew of distrust, disregard (for each other) and dysfunction that hangs heavily over our collective due largely (though, perhaps not exclusively) to our inability to live mosaically and because like no other creatures in the Universe (as we know it), we are unable to see our commonalities (which far outnumber our differences.)
Instead we continue to repeat the history and actions of dueling fools-one side blaming the other. As a result 80% of us our locked in battle and skirmishes with each other, while the 20% laugh up their proverbial sleeves, scooping up cash wealth, making rules and calling it legislation that protects them from living in the dregs of poverty and middle class.
When we pull our heads up from the sand, we aren't able to discern that all of the while that we have been attacking each other, like an auto-immune disorder gone wild, and now none of us-that's right zilch, have a healthy environment, nutritional wellness (hardly anything is safe to eat or drink, it seems-Flint, MI water, for example) nor any dimension of wellness (spiritual, occupational, financial, social, physical, intellectual.)
Then as unhealthy individuals and communities, we are subjected to the game of 'health care' in the U.S. to which we have no clue about the ever changing rules. And anybody knows that if you don't know the rules, you cannot play the game and have any expectation of winning.
Add to all of this our constant teaching to never discuss politics and religion.
And guess what we don't have a clue about...?... ... ?
Right. Politics and religion.
The linked article, suggests 4 ways to keep politics from dividing the workplace; but, it's not just politics that divides us, so it will require much more than the suggested ways (though it's a good start) to stop the divide.
It's going to take uniting as people, humans. Unity (in my Queen Latifah voice) and understanding that health is multi-dimensional and that without health, life of quality, isn't even an option.
Too sick (with preventable, chronic diseases), we can barely do anything but die....out.
The U.S. Auto-Immune Disorder is curable; but, we have to acknowledge it first-diagnose it, and try to prevent it in the future, because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
(Hank Gilman, Fortune Magazine, suggests 1. Creating a culture that can withstand conflict 2. Coming to the rescue 3. Doing no harm 4. Proximity breeds affection)
If you are a pharmacist, and you read this: Millions of Americans Can't Afford Their Prescriptions, and you still refuse to see how YOU are connected to separating Americans from their own health with unaffordable drugs that only suppress diseases (and not prevent them or assess risk of disease proactively) then you are not ready to be part of the long overdue evolution. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not self-evident, as declared (DOI, 1776) with unaffordable pharmaceuticals. Self-evident isn't so apparent and it's certainly not affordable. When you know better, you must do better.
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