For me it's sort of an inescapable conclusion that at some point in the future man will look back at what once was the United States and weep. Perhaps he'll be overwhelmed by the loss of what once was,or enraged by the self serving greed that was responsible for it's demise! He may even be dumbfounded that people were so complacent, that they let themselves be used for profit and then be tossed out like garbage afterwards.
Call it what you will, absurd perhaps...negative, unpatriotic?
One thing's for sure, it's bad news!
In this post and in forthcoming installments I'll explain my perceptions of why I feel as though we're headed for the rocks and leave you to draw your own conclusions. While considering how to best accomplish this I was at first discouraged by the scope and complexity of the problem and then also perplexed over deciding which of our national issues to include. My intent is not to be exhaustive or to bombard anyone with more information than most people care to know, but instead to provoke thought and discussion as I casually relate what I perceive to be happening to all of us who call ourselves "Americans".
Where to start?
They say that if you've got your health you've got everything. If you doubt it, simply ask the next terminally ill billionaire you meet which he or she prefers--his or her money or his or her life!
As our nation has become more and more urban and less and less rural something critically important has changed with regard to the average Americans diet and "lifestyle". People stopped growing their own vegetables and raising their own animals opting instead to simply get a job and buy those things from a store. I believe it was called the industrial revolution. Sounds important, doesn't it? We then turned this most important responsibility over to corporations whose primary motive is profit and then somehow we're shocked and disillusioned that they might not live up to the claims they make in their commercials of how they "care about your families health". In fact, the results of this sort of "caring" are the primary precipitating factor to practically every major health problem we have in this country!
We're a nation of over-fed and obese, malnourished people...Huh?
That's right, we consume foods produced under unnatural conditions which are not only practically void of nutrition but are for many reasons outright toxic to us. Our bodies continue to crave nutrition that our foods don't have and so we continue to consume more and more in an attempt to satisfy our needs. What happens is that in this futile process we end up ingesting a incredibly high number of calories we have little or no chance of burning since few of us do very much daily manual labor while sitting at a desk or driving a truck.
Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer...
Recently I met a lady from Africa whose mother came here for a visit. When taken to a local grocery store she was at first very impressed with the great abundance and apparent quality of the food she saw but after tasting it her opinion changed. Within weeks she told her daughter that she had to go home because she couldn't eat our food. I believe the reason for her aversion is that she simply knew the difference between the real food she was used to and our fake food! I further believe that food does, or at least should have, "soul ". That love is a tangible ingredient that can be touched and tasted, one that's essential to our health and one that's sadly absent in our food supply! It seems as though in the name of corporate profit we've been duped to the point that we don't, as the lady's mother did, even know the difference!
Exactly who are the expediters of this American nightmare? I'm not afraid to name names....Corporations such as Monsanto,Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland top the list of entities who are out to monopolize our food supply and force feed us nutritionally bankrupt, genetically modified,commercially irradiated, poisonous, substances cleverly disguised as food! It's almost as if our government has pimped out the American people to these food conglomerates, and to the World Health Organization with their "better" ideas such as Codex Alimentarius
But don't be alarmed.
Because we in America have the best
health sick care system in the world--
And that's the topic of my next
rant blog entitled
"Sick and Tired"