A good barometer of the viability of a society is its system of values. When values erode, the society either falls apart or is overtaken. This is exactly what happened in Rome. It’s not that “it can happen here”. It is happening here … right now.
A. I fought Hodgkin’s Lymphoma holistically for five years holistically and then two more years with Western medicine which finally got rid of all the bad cells. Lymphoma is a systemic disease. You cannot cut it out. You need to eliminate them all, or they slowly come back. And you can’t get rid of them all in one fell swoop. Your organs can’t handle that much toxicity. And yet each single bad cell is not enough to kill a flea. So doctors try to kill them at a pace your elimination organs can handle.
B. The word CELL resembles the word SELF for a reason. It refers to one. And what we experienced in Las Vegas was ONE GUY. Even if we had Minority Report pre-crime detection bots and took him out ahead of the crime, it would not change the fact the we have a systemic disease here in the USA. And like a cancer, it’s going to kill the host body if we don’t start the healing soon.
But what is the nature of the American disease we are witnessing every day? Is it the lack of gun laws, promoted by the NRA to favor the profits of gun makers over the lives of our citizens? No. Gun love is just one place in our body that has disease.
We see its symptoms in the way the GOP undermines healthcare for our citizens in exchange for kickbacks from insurance companies. GOP healthcare, if ever implemented, would kill far more people than the LV massacre or 911.
We also hear its symptoms reflected in the words of our heartless president who offered lukewarm support for Puerto Ricans with memes like “you are messing with our budget” or “there are a lot of business-people who support the Jones Act”. I hear it is gangsta rap, where the lyrics often refer to being rich as being as the be all end all goal in life. I see it in the way people adore big stars, and then ignore the stars in their own communities.
The underlying disease is all one: greed. This cancer, like mine was, is now metastatic. It’s everywhere. Cutting out one infected organ will not cure us.
GREED starts with GR because it refers to a GROWTH that is out of control – which is exactly what a cancer is.
Greed will always exist. It’s been witnessed and documented for 5000 years. But healthy societies put checks and balances into place so that greed does not overrun their governments. It’s popular to say “get the money our of politics”, but Citizen’s United gives money a larger voice than the citizens of our country. Citizen’s United gives greed a platform to operate and grow here. That’s not right or democratic. CU must go.
It’s a strange irony that the word AMERICA contains two word-parts, AMORE and RICH. America literally means “loves riches”: Ame-rica. Maybe it’s a self-perpetuating meme. Maybe we should start using the memes “United States” and “US citizens” more than “America” and “Americans”. At least they reinforce the idea of a people united.
So, I am not that interested in this single-cell Las Vegas sicko. The coverage will go on for a while, but it is just a distraction. We should strive to cure our sickness the same way we fight a systemic cancer. It starts with recognizing the nature of our actual disease: we permit greed to govern our decisions to the detriment of our citizens.
The word GOVERN originally referred to steering used in navigating at sea: from Greek kybernan “to steer or pilot a ship”. We must steer our US governing ship with navigators who are not sold out to self-interest – or we are doomed to die as a nation. Cyber comes from that same Greek root word. Strange irony? Or something the Russians know that we don’t?
Even if we got rid of every gun in the USA, it would not end our systemic greed disease. That would be like cutting off the arm of a person with lymphoma. Sure, it would kill the bad cells in that arm – but the entire body has the disease.
Donald Trump is a brand that symbolizes greed disease. His first campaign words were “of course you love me, I’m rich”. He learned most people have some level of greed disease from his casino-owner days.
And as the gap between the wealthy and the poor grows here, there will be more and more bad cells acting out – out of desperation. It’s just a matter of time. It’s sort of like a negative lottery. Given time, it’s bound to happen. And it’s going to keep happening until we get money out politics or we succumb.
Gordon Gecko said “greed is good” and somehow we embraced that mantra as a nation. That was the moment I knew we had greed disease here in the USA. Actors like Bernie Madoff, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, climate change deniers, Martin Shkreli, the Koch Brothers – and countless others all embody and live by that sick mantra. Even terrorists are inspired by the greed in their societies. Terrorists would not be as easy to recruit if they had paths to meaningful comfortable lives.
It was not always that way, here in the USA. After WW11 the rich were taxed at a much higher rate than the poor so that stored capital naturally flowed into infrastructure and education, helping us all and making us naturally proud to be Americans – or US citizens.
The next congressional agenda is tax reform. This Trump/GOP tax plan is purely motivated by greed. Don’t believe a word our president says about this being for the middle-class. He is a natural born liar. He just cares about his own. His is not to be trusted as a leader. Ask yourself why their estate tax starts at six million dollars. It it were good for everyone, it would start at six hundred dollars. Fair is fair. Nothing is fair about what Trump has in mind for us.
We must start our healing process now – but proceed slowly. If we try to do too much at one time, it can also kill us. And while kindness and prayers are fine for moral support, if they do not lead to actions, they function like a placebos.
Disclaimer: Prayer alone does not diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
We need thoughtful caring actions to be taken. I myself see no reason why anyone should be allowed to own an automatic weapon, or more than a few firearms. But as long as greed governs in America, this is not going to change.
So I say, skip the discussion on gun rights for now and focus on voting out the greedy ones and the NRA influence in government in 2018.
The best thing we have here in the US is national elections every two years. The next one is November 2018. We can’t afford to get distracted. We have no time to waste either. I sincerely believe 2018 is our last chance to save the ailing American society.
If for no other reason than to send out the messages that US citizens will no longer be governed by greed and that we realize greed in government is our national disease here in America, we must vote out infected ruling party members – at every level.
We can do this. The citizens who voted for Donald Trump wanted to vote out the system. They just were so blinded by their desire for change that they did not see that Trump was a charlatan. I have forgiven them. They mostly know they made a mistake by now. So those same voters can be enrolled to do that same thing again – to vote out a diseased system.
We must assure that greed has no place in our government. When Citizen’s United falls apart under a new regime, it will begin to turn the tide of our systemic greed disease.
And then maybe, slowly, the way you kill a cancer, we can return to the kind America I remember as a child. It was not perfect. No society is. But it was much more inclusive than what we have now. We had a visible path to a good life here, and many of us seized that path and have enjoyed that good life. I was lucky that way.
Now, our kids don’t even see the on-ramp to that path. We have let them down terribly. I am not a big D Democrat. Don’t paint me with that broad brush. I don’t care about parties. I care about the actual people who we elect. I wish there were no parties at all. Parties are part of the greed disease problem. I am a global citizen living in America. My homeland that I love is now governed by greed. It is killing us all and we all know it down deep. All I want is better for my kids. I’d like to the healing begin in my lifetime.
A spiritual disease is being transmitted to Americans by man a who has been infected all his life. And its very contagious. 2018 may be the last chance to save us from greed/envy disease. It is usually fatal to societies.
This is the campaign to win the country back in 2018. People really want to vote out politicians. Not vote in. That’s why Hillary lost, or a big part of it. Trump knew that much. Policies are important but this raw emotion must be harnessed. We use that same meme, and take the ball right back in a year. Easy really.
I wrote Song For Healing when I was on chemo. It helped me a lot. My way of praying I guess. It’s not all I did however. Have a listen: