​July 7, 2013

SENTIMENTS OF THE DAY- FOOD FOR THOUGHT-ENJOY THE MOMENT
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

CANNON

Heavy, laden with purpose,
smooth and sensuous to the touch,
the form sits on a grassy slope shrouded by fog,
its mouth agape to history.
Is its throat sore from belching,
roaring across field and glen, farm and glade?
I wonder if its memory is as hard as its iron heart.
What roaring heat from some hidden forge
gave birth to such things?
Whose artisan hands carved templates for the castings?
Does it remember those throngs of men
– brothers all –
who felt its terrible sting?
What scents and scenes cross its brow,
while the mist of time pits its polished skin?
What music did it hold for men
when cadence bound them to their souls in acts of war?
Fire! Fire! Fire!
And fire again!
Does the soul love rhythm so much
that it can’t hear men’s cries?
The grass glistens a silvery green.
Droplets coalesce on the blades.
A bundled child crawls up the brackets of stone
and sitting on the mighty cannon,
touches history.
With one hand on their shoulders
and the other stroking history,
will the children learn the truth
if we do not stand next to them,
eyes moist and tears streaking cheeks?

BURNT OFFERING

Armies
Barrages
Sweat pours from brows
Fingers blister, pulling triggers
Insanity in history
Reality of war
A child
Trundling across the battle field
Volleys from both sides
A halo of bullets
A child
Struggling, running and stumbling
The middle of the battle
A cease fire
A child
Staggers and falls
Blood stains a ruddy face
Death takes a life much too soon
Regimental colors strike the ground
Screams cease
Smoke drifts
Burnt offerings to some lustful, awful god
Soldiers face their foe
Silence reigns
Throats ache
Eyes water
Guts rend
Death of many
Loss of a child
Zeal, yet sympathy
Rage of compassion
Men’s feelings sweep the field
Madness and forgiveness
Despair from hope
Whirlwind of sentiment
Depths in truth
An afternoon
Valor to scorn
Beasts with hearts
Souls wanting homes

HEROES

Young daughters and sons ask, “Mommy, Daddy,
where do the heroines and heroes go when they get tired?”
* * *
The Regal Elk, impaled and weary,
beds exhausted next to the primeval pine.
Time healing wound’s edges,
days come and days go.
The Great Wolf, slashed and bleeding,
curls deep in his den beneath the ancient spruce,
licking wounds, too sore to move.
Drifting in and out of sleep as starlight gives birth to dawns.
The Mighty Eagle, feathers missing, talons torn,
perches motionless on the rock shelf.
Winds blow, hail comes,
sunsets and moonrises
grace the stone’s face.
The Warrior, arms cut and thigh gaping,
lies smearing mud upon his wounds, resting in a grotto,
weeks flow in silent prayerful passing.
Others, not knowing, wait in painful hope.
The Lady, motionless, beaten, raped and brutalized,
sits scorned for her commitment to faith and family.
With uncommon strength she nurtures herself in a strange land.
Mate and family,
disoriented without her presence,
pray for her return.
* * *
Where have heroines and heroes gone?
To sacred places, every one!
Each has had their lair or den,
cliff’s edge or peak.
Needing moments of repose
from life’s tumultuous undertakings,
weary and spent in deeds of need and valor,
all have sought to rest.
Children, hear us now, the time will come
when you too will tire and grow weary on life’s long path.
Heed the voices of the winds.
Find your lair, den, cliff’s edge, garden, peak or glen.

TO THOSE WHO LOST …

It need not be said,
but must be remembered:
Hearken to all those who fought in lost wars
– lest we forget –
the victors may be far less
than the vanquished ever were.

REFUGEES

How far from the heart of the whole must they be
before we recognize the difference?
Our egocentric selves,
lost in our ethnocentric histories,
see so little in the differences we purport to Others.
How far they are from us,
we say in those seldom moments of reflection.
When does the “I” stop its self-circumnavigation and peer out?
When does our fear of losing “one” let go long enough
for us to see something different?
In those holy times when immersed in “It”
we cry out for oneness
and It presents itself in the Other.
Finally, our beleaguered soul snaps to a cold attention
and we see, feel, and hear the cries
of our brothers and our sisters.
Their moaning almost upsets us – until,
in that sacred crucible of truth,
the mighty smithy hammers out a reflection of ourselves.
From the depths of cultural archetypes
we emerge to stand naked in a whirlpool
of consciousness’ stream,
and in that nakedness we come face to face
with the agony and ecstasy of belonging all to “It.”
From munificence to beneficence
the tick-tock of our awareness becomes a silence
melting into everything.
Then a cacophony of yeses screamed into our ears
rages through us, leaving in their wake
a still point of reflection
in which we behold the face of God.






April 30, 2013

I CANNOT GO – I CANNOT STAY

I cannot go, I cannot stay.
We have become the “IT” of the All.
I am the modality of self coincidence
where the awareness of my very being
announces to myself a feeling of
“Why did he make us chalice and goblet?”
The answer comes,
“To nourish one another!”
Premonition
 – the vestige of an apparition
and as well the hint of a locution
emanating from and to a loci
announcing myself to myself
and in this awareness I come to know my I,
which shows my me to myself,
in that synergism of the audio
(rhythms)
and the visual
(shimmerings)
that catches my “I am.” 

​LEARNING TO LEARN – ALL OVER AGAIN

There are those who have spoken of the “One Minute Manager” or the “30 Second Argument”. Few things are so simple. Many years ago I taught a course in the graduate college from the department of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. The course was taught “on site” as part of a Teacher Corps project. I recall using a number of texts – including Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. My intent was to get the students to think about the liberating aspects of a broad and penetrating education and as well how one can experience those “immediate”, existential – if you will, educational opportunities. I attempted to do this with what was then called Curriculum Design: the how and what of the educational delivery system and an organic indebtedness that all of what we know we owe to Nature itself. To some degree I think there was a measure of success. Some of the students became teachers in their own school districts and even administrators. 

So, where are we today in the mish-mash of facts, figures, needs, and druthers? Is the educational system better off than it was in the early goings on of our Republic? In some ways yes and in some ways no; learning opportunities abound, yet values have seemed to slip into a situational relativity. Good news on the one hand and disaster on the other.

In a democratic republic you can choose to give away your freedom. All of history’s efforts indicate that this is the danger in a democracy; it enables a movement to mediocrity and then to abject stupidity. I could use ignorance – and yet I think there is an inherent sense of responsibility that exists in the personhood of the hominid and it is precisely that sense of personal freedom leading to an informed responsibility which must prevail. 

The current largesse of the Federal Government is not particularly wise, prudent, or even honest. Ignorant people do not comprehend the challenges and the glorious opportunities of personal freedoms and the subsequent responsibilities. Millennia have been spent in the evolution of and the gaining of these freedoms: freedoms from the vagaries of time and space and the equally important, one might even say concomitant, freedoms to create many things and to project our understandings of ourselves and the world/universe into some understandable and sustainable circumstance.

In personal and communal ways the manifestation of selfhoods in matters of social, governmental, economic, and religious endeavors have suffered a debilitation. Our educational systems have failed to maintain a fidelity to the essential aspects of well informed members of a voting constituency, a constituency that must participate in the governance and the economics, as well as the religious well-being of our nation. It has fallen into a state of disrepair.

In all of this too many people have chosen to remain ignorant and we can finally say that now this ignorance is also reflected in the naive faith of the integrity of the internet. The omnipresent data of inconceivable depth and breadth of the internet does indeed reflect the whole – the best and the worst of us all. It really does permeate the totality of the human circumstance. And yes we also know there are some who live in suppressed and oppressed states, enslaved by governments, religions, and ignorance and yet, for the first time in human history we (most of us) have the opportunity to grow in our understanding of our human story/stories. And in their similitude there is a certain groundedness that forms the colors of the grand human mosaic – available to the sum substance of the human race. There does exist a critical mass that could – if it would only own with an integrity of purpose what is means to be truly human – a certain magnanimity that could change the human experience.

In this continued conundrum of our shared presence, when we are given the opportunity to choose, – again – for ourselves and for our children, we find those, “the truly innocent, who come and come and come.”1 It is in this “new time” for the old world has passed away2 that we have a greater depth of available knowledge leading to the possibility of an informed understanding that we must discover a “second religiousness”,3 a truly ecumenical awareness that opens us to a new reverence of a necessity to express a deeper, a more profound new level of personal and communal integrity. Indeed, a “second religiousness has become.

It is in this newawareness that we must also assume the essential responsibility to teach each person to recognize the fact that sunrises and sunsets are free. In the face of this organic truth we must turn our attention to the manifest integrity of the organic whole into which humanity has been placed. We are it and “it” is us.

  1-Reap the Wind, in Always Extolling: A Collection. http://amzn.to/gpHPRB
  2-Book of Revelation, St. John The Divine.
  3-See The Decline of the West, by Oswald Spengler.


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April 30, 2013

I CANNOT GO – I CANNOT STAY

I cannot go, I cannot stay.
We have become the “IT” of the All.
I am the modality of self coincidence
where the awareness of my very being
announces to myself a feeling of
“Why did he make us chalice and goblet?”
The answer comes,
“To nourish one another!”
Premonition
 – the vestige of an apparition
and as well the hint of a locution
emanating from and to a loci
announcing myself to myself
and in this awareness I come to know my I,
which shows my me to myself,
in that synergism of the audio
(rhythms)
and the visual
(shimmerings)
that catches my “I am.” 

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GIGO in, GIGO out.
(Garbage in, garbage out.)

The furnace of the universe operates on an efficiency ratio that makes actualities and probabilities that produce the universe we have – with us in it.

Every group and every region has its “kind” in that “close enough” classifiable way with reference to our various needs (notice I did not stress impetuous wants) among which, for us personally and as a group as well as a whole, are of a necessity. Among these is Health Care (HC).

We are on the “cusp of a new age” is an old saying, and yet it may be more appropriate in today’s world than ever before. Our knowledge base has never been broader or more accessible. The knowledge is at hand and the tools are at hand that demand a paradigm shift from old ways of doing things to new ways of doing things. In this “new moment” many older individuals involved at all levels of society may not be prepared to understand the rapid accumulation of and the informational transparency that comes with electronic communications of all kinds. This fact brings with it an absolute need to exude an integrity of being at all levels (even though we may not understand all this new fangled connectivity) of personal, communal, and governmental activity.

That we have evolved in our ability to fathom some of the depths of nature, us included, is a fact. We could even say that the medicine of the day is miraculous. From the mundane to the exotic, even very rare, we are having sufficient success to number ourselves in the billions. And while it is true that we accomplish the seemingly impossible at times our behaviors are many times suspect (not actually in our and other’s best interests) even at times bestial, even murderous. And this many times is stupidly debated. Think abortion and free anything (Thought, Word, or Deed).

In all of this we, at least some of us, concern ourselves for ourselves as well as our brothers and our sisters. The WHO (World Health Organization), Drs. Without Borders, The Heifer Foundation and many other organizations attest to this. Notice, I do not include the U.N. as a whole. Graft and corruption have claimed the organization from its inception. That the new social and liberal ideologies have tainted the cultures of the world is a truism. And that they have been maintained (that is used as a necessity and euphemistically with some cultures/nations) as well as being touted ad nauseam that there are some better and some worse than others with their sense of some universal purpose is a travesty. And so it is that there is a lack of understanding of sufficient perfecting in the global arena. This is, at times, painfully obvious.

The current HC discussions, if they can be called discussions, consist of bits and pieces, costs, insurances, deliveries, systems, responsibilities, and pharmaceuticals. All of them have their peculiarities. All of which have been haggled over incessantly, not however, without some reason for being. Some aspects of them work - again - some better than others.

There are few universals that fit all occasions. Has anyone continued to live without air or water? These are no brainers. There are other aspects of reality that have more nuanced attributes.

In all of this, as I mentioned in the beginning of this essay, we have the use of probabilities. It seems to me that they are real and I think by design. The problems connected to HC in the U.S., and by extension to the rest of the world, are dealt with by the private sector, socially, by the state, also by religious and fraternal organizations as well as national governments. These services and facilities are available in most counties. Comparisons are legion.

I want to address the current U.S. HC problem. That HC is personal – to the degree that we are able – (TTDTWAA) and social (TTDTWAA) is a fact. That we, personally and socially (in the U.S.), are able to take care of ourselves well and others well is highly debatable.

Obviously, in the arena of HC, we know more now than we have ever known and we do more now than we ever have done. Do both the personal and social solutions need tweaking? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Do heart patients who smoke always quit? Are social programs at the individual, local, county, state, and federal levels well done? Pick any category and there could be many improvements. Just take the lengthy wait times and service at the VA for example.

So… what should we be doing?

1. Realize that numbers matter and they can be mostly known.

2. Numbers and conditions prevail over time.

3. Computers can be extremely helpful (and dangerous in many ways). Think real time categorizing, comparing, sorting, and keeping track of records, research – and flippant use of personal information and the fact that hackers abound.

4. God’s formula or nature’s if you will, is always “close enough”. And in this “close enough” world not only have we survived, we have flourished. We can get along just fine without the litigious nonsense we currently have. 

5. With all of the accumulated data and technology we should be able to break down the current HC needs and have formulas for personal and social HC programs along with appropriate and affordable insurances that are available to almost everyone. That these must be executed in a charitable, efficient, and cost effective manner must be seen as imperatives.

6. The human lifespan is known (close enough) and it can be broken into similarities of HC needs (personally and regionally) – and the artificiality of state boundaries are meaningful but they should not be interpreted in absurd ways. That there are life regions that have similarities is obvious.

It seems to me that we should be able to analyze the various stages of human life and then calculate the probabilities of potential needs for particular individuals as well as groups and statistically design HC programs for those individuals and the general population – as well as provide some form of insurance to meet the needs of each person, group, and region. Actuaries have been used forever by insurance companies and governments. And while their data has been abused by both, it does not mean that it has no value. Pharmaceutical companies are barely catching on to the facts that size, age, and gender matters. Think how many patients die each and every year taking the “correct dosage” of a given prescription.

 In the age of personalization (read specificity or singularity if you will), we have the necessary tools to provide HC in a more honest, efficient, beneficial, and personal way. The simple formula: I am one and I live here. Situates me as me in a place and time and I (TTDTIAA) should be able to care for myself. We must, in that profundity of simplicity, acknowledge that there are only three answers to any question: Yes, No, and I don’t know. That I am capable of dedicating some reasonable effort in some understandable amount of time to my own HC (life itself) and the lives of others is doable. To be able to commit energy and some resources to our own well being is true for most of us. To those starving millions we must always be cognizant and we should be doing much more than we are to ameliorate this situation. For the most part, I don’t need, nor does anyone else, a generic delivery system of insurance policies. I am perfectly willing to rely on some personal statistical probability, that belongs to me personally and I realize if I drive a car I own a prudent behavior to myself and others. Accidents happen. Catastrophes can also be calculated to a “close enough” degree to be acceptable by reasonable people.

This does not mean, in that maligned manner, that I must be so selfish that I only want to pay for myself alone. I live as a social entity and in my social whole there exists the full gambit of psychological and physical maladies. I must shoulder a part of this responsibility for my brothers and sisters. This I am willing to do. And yet, I want HC that is personal and communal and to be proactive. Diet matters, physical activity is beneficial and rational behavior is possible for most.

In that great bell curve of human life there is the absolute need TTDTWAA to assume personal responsibility. Life is not a “free enterprise”. The U.S. has created a less than willing population that feels entitled to the “good life” at someone’s or some government’s expense. 

Every HC and welfare program should be run according to (TTDTWAA). That means exactly what it says: “To the degree that we are able.” Every able body and mind has the responsibility to exercise knowledge, care, responsibility, and respect for their own person. This requires a mature response to the facts at hand. Life is a personal endeavor, a sacred journey and it should be lived accordingly (TTDTWAA).

The time has come for a new era of personal, corporate, and governmental integrity. The truths are here, they belong to themselves whether we know them, like them, or even understand them. Nevertheless, we need to get a grip – be honest and create a more personal, corporate, and government sense of responsibility and in doing this we must accept the fundamental fact: One size does not fit everyone.


We need to stop the ignorant adolescent prattle and get the necessary done. How can so many people be so stupid for so long?

Many current HC programs are a travesty of ignorance and avarice. We are all responsible (TTDIAA) and we have conferred rights granted to us by the Declaration of Independence and a Constitution to expect a representative government to recognize the legal and obvious fact: HC is personal and should be dealt with as such. And this must be done with absolute integrity and efficiency. 

 THE FACTS:

There are those who can and do.
There are those who cannot do.
There are those who won’t do – but might be able.
There are those who won’t do not because they don’t want to but because they fundamentally are not able.

These are not monikers to be applied to each and every one in the same way – they all belong to particular individuals and to groups and should be seen and treated accordingly. The abject absurdity of words like “Single Payer”, bespeak a complete lack of any knowledge of the facts of the matter. We are all individuals and any treatment or insurance should mirror that fact. The technology is here and the facts are clear. What is lacking is sufficient integrity of being at the individual, corporate, or governmental levels. “Universal HC” means only one thing: HC personalized in every way, shape, or form. And all those individuals who choose not to assume sufficient responsibility for themselves and others should be dealt with accordingly. Abusers, cheats, and others should be rooted out dealt with and punished to the full extent of the law.

©Don Davison

Oct. 8, 2015

HISTORY’S PAGES

In the pages of history books we read of the trials and tribulations of those who failed and those who succeeded. As the hands of the clock of time turn, we continue to choose to try our hand and step onto the stage of life. Of those who “strut and fret their days” few become the heroes of the ages. The rest, backs bent, eyes focused, minds busy build the lasting and accumulated wisdom of purpose that remains for all to see and attempt to protect and understand.

Why is it that we are so proud of what we think we know when it is salted onto a plate of such limited experience? The thin film of an individual’s past always offers the opportunity for choices, choices that reflect the little that we know and much that we surmise. It is prudent to recall, when lost in the reverie of calm water, that we honestly believe we can shoot the rapids. Some of us try and those blessed with strength, dedication, and a quick response, or are lucky, make it through the first time. They become those of legends providing inspiration for others to try.

Only for those with an honest wonder do these pages of history’s efforts provide the benevolence of reflective repose. Those with sufficient wisdom and experience who have mulled the facts of history and try to know some things have their own purpose and character. They have that strength of presence to endure a commitment over time from start to finish. Most of them have come to know there is a universal rhythm, a dance of life that takes more than one to accomplish really important things or significant moments.

We all must seek history’s hidden pockets, enclaves of quiet moments, and as well catastrophic seasons of confusion. We must get our truths from the boiling pot of life from which reflection has given birth to clearer ways of thinking and better ways of planting, harvesting, creating, and building the needed and desired that has complemented human and nature’s bounty.

Among the bounty are the ideas of the ages, those gems of great value including insights that lay the groundwork for a togetherness of all things. As the fertility of the soil has been used to increase the essentials of our wellbeing, so too, the acknowledgements of respect for the rights of others, all others, has multiplied our presence on our planet home.

There is now, in the crops of nature and of the species called humankind a sufficient critical mass of material and others that demands a sublime sense of this togetherness that respects those who can and those who cannot contribute to the health of the whole.

The difference between cans and cannots must be viewed through the multicolored prism of truth as it presents over time. We come into the world as helpless little creatures and we grow and develop over time, expressing as we go the strength and limitations of our abilities: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. This growth and development may wane as we age, we may need more assistance and care. This composite of our wholeness has enfolded us in a spectacular synergism that has produced great works of art, blood and gore, and everything in between.

The truths of the facts of health and sickness have been our ever-present companions. Some we have attempted to mask, others we have shouldered with an integrity of purpose inspiring those who chose to understand that honest relationship with the truth and the eternal reciprocity of Knowledge, Care, Responsibility, and Respect that, when owned with integrity, bodes well for the continued success of our productive presence on this planet.

How is it then that lies and corruption have gained such supercilious acceptance in the relationships of us all (the U.S.)? What deviance of cultural degradation has permeated our language and actions when slander is used as praise and the larger the lie the more stature the liar? (1)  When did nudity and sexual perversions, and vulgarity become pastimes, merely expressions of a misplaced pride in personal and cultural behavior?

Personal and communal respect is vanishing more and more from the screen of our interchanges. We have become ships without moorings; we flounder and have no purpose. When indeed there is but one omniscient penetrating and encompassing activity that holds the all of creation together in a stimulating friction igniting a spark, the light of awareness of similitude of one and another – the great attraction of life and love begetting and holding, soothing and caring. Too many have forgotten the depths of love and its commanding and everlasting commitment. Some of us have forgotten love’s purpose when the only truth that matters is “Love one another.” Meanwhile, we falter and plunder, stumble and rape and maim in the name of Baal and God. Too many have chosen to become the destroyers of beauty.
They denigrate the priceless gift of existence. They are lost.

There is only one thing that will save us in our foundling state: we must embrace one another when we slaughter, tear apart, and sell pieces of the born and unborn. From that harbor of our rational social animalhood we must exercise a sentience in our creativity mirroring all that emanates from us (the U.S.) and surrounds us. We must curb our malevolent actions. We must become those sparkling bursts of love’s efforts exuding knowledge, care, responsibility, and respect as our guiding principles of life’s integrity. We are not isolated parts we are the whole that moves within the “Whole” seeking that coinciding presence of love that is the Whole.(2)

      (1) See Crisis of the Republic: Lying in Politics, Civil Disobedience, On Violence, Thoughts on Politics         and Revolution. Hannah Arendt, Harcourt Brace 1972.

      (2) For those interested in this “Whole”, see The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and         the Power of Love. Llia Delio, 2013



HEALTH CARE TODAY 3.0

GIGO in, GIGO out.
(Garbage in, garbage out.)

The furnace of the universe operates on an efficiency ratio that makes actualities and probabilities that produce the universe we have – with us in it.

Every group and every region has its “kind” in that “close enough” classifiable way with reference to our various needs (notice I did not stress impetuous wants) among which, for us personally and as a group as well as a whole, are of a necessity. Among these is Health Care (HC).

We are on the “cusp of a new age” is an old saying, and yet it may be more appropriate in today’s world than ever before. Our knowledge base has never been broader or more accessible. The knowledge is at hand and the tools are at hand that demand a paradigm shift from old ways of doing things to new ways of doing things. In this “new moment” many older individuals involved at all levels of society may not be prepared to understand the rapid accumulation of and the informational transparency that comes with electronic communications of all kinds. This fact brings with it an absolute need to exude an integrity of being at all levels (even though we may not understand all this new fangled connectivity) of personal, communal, and governmental activity.

That we have evolved in our ability to fathom some of the depths of nature, us included, is a fact. We could even say that the medicine of the day is miraculous. From the mundane to the exotic, even very rare, we are having sufficient success to number ourselves in the billions. And while it is true that we accomplish the seemingly impossible at times our behaviors are many times suspect (not actually in our and other’s best interests) even at times bestial, even murderous. And this many times is stupidly debated. Think abortion and free anything (Thought, Word, or Deed).

In all of this we, at least some of us, concern ourselves for ourselves as well as our brothers and our sisters. The WHO (World Health Organization), Drs. Without Borders, The Heifer Foundation and many other organizations attest to this. Notice, I do not include the U.N. as a whole. Graft and corruption have claimed the organization from its inception. That the new social and liberal ideologies have tainted the cultures of the world is a truism. And that they have been maintained (that is used as a necessity and euphemistically with some cultures/nations) as well as being touted ad nauseam that there are some better and some worse than others with their sense of some universal purpose is a travesty. And so it is that there is a lack of understanding of sufficient perfecting in the global arena. This is, at times, painfully obvious.

The current HC discussions, if they can be called discussions, consist of bits and pieces, costs, insurances, deliveries, systems, responsibilities, and pharmaceuticals. All of them have their peculiarities. All of which have been haggled over incessantly, not however, without some reason for being. Some aspects of them work - again - some better than others.

There are few universals that fit all occasions. Has anyone continued to live without air or water? These are no brainers. There are other aspects of reality that have more nuanced attributes.

In all of this, as I mentioned in the beginning of this essay, we have the use of probabilities. It seems to me that they are real and I think by design. The problems connected to HC in the U.S., and by extension to the rest of the world, are dealt with by the private sector, socially, by the state, also by religious and fraternal organizations as well as national governments. These services and facilities are available in most counties. Comparisons are legion.

I want to address the current U.S. HC problem. That HC is personal – to the degree that we are able – (TTDTWAA) and social (TTDTWAA) is a fact. That we, personally and socially (in the U.S.), are able to take care of ourselves well and others well is highly debatable.

Obviously, in the arena of HC, we know more now than we have ever known and we do more now than we ever have done. Do both the personal and social solutions need tweaking? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Do heart patients who smoke always quit? Are social programs at the individual, local, county, state, and federal levels well done? Pick any category and there could be many improvements. Just take the lengthy wait times and service at the VA for example.

So… what should we be doing?

1. Realize that numbers matter and they can be mostly known.

2. Numbers and conditions prevail over time.

3. Computers can be extremely helpful (and dangerous in many ways). Think real time categorizing, comparing, sorting, and keeping track of records, research – and flippant use of personal information and the fact that hackers abound.

4. God’s formula or nature’s if you will, is always “close enough”. And in this “close enough” world not only have we survived, we have flourished. We can get along just fine without the litigious nonsense we currently have. 

5. With all of the accumulated data and technology we should be able to break down the current HC needs and have formulas for personal and social HC programs along with appropriate and affordable insurances that are available to almost everyone. That these must be executed in a charitable, efficient, and cost effective manner must be seen as imperatives.

6. The human lifespan is known (close enough) and it can be broken into similarities of HC needs (personally and regionally) – and the artificiality of state boundaries are meaningful but they should not be interpreted in absurd ways. That there are life regions that have similarities is obvious.

It seems to me that we should be able to analyze the various stages of human life and then calculate the probabilities of potential needs for particular individuals as well as groups and statistically design HC programs for those individuals and the general population – as well as provide some form of insurance to meet the needs of each person, group, and region. Actuaries have been used forever by insurance companies and governments. And while their data has been abused by both, it does not mean that it has no value. Pharmaceutical companies are barely catching on to the facts that size, age, and gender matters. Think how many patients die each and every year taking the “correct dosage” of a given prescription.

 In the age of personalization (read specificity or singularity if you will), we have the necessary tools to provide HC in a more honest, efficient, beneficial, and personal way. The simple formula: I am one and I live here. Situates me as me in a place and time and I (TTDTIAA) should be able to care for myself. We must, in that profundity of simplicity, acknowledge that there are only three answers to any question: Yes, No, and I don’t know. That I am capable of dedicating some reasonable effort in some understandable amount of time to my own HC (life itself) and the lives of others is doable. To be able to commit energy and some resources to our own well being is true for most of us. To those starving millions we must always be cognizant and we should be doing much more than we are to ameliorate this situation. For the most part, I don’t need, nor does anyone else, a generic delivery system of insurance policies. I am perfectly willing to rely on some personal statistical probability, that belongs to me personally and I realize if I drive a car I own a prudent behavior to myself and others. Accidents happen. Catastrophes can also be calculated to a “close enough” degree to be acceptable by reasonable people.

This does not mean, in that maligned manner, that I must be so selfish that I only want to pay for myself alone. I live as a social entity and in my social whole there exists the full gambit of psychological and physical maladies. I must shoulder a part of this responsibility for my brothers and sisters. This I am willing to do. And yet, I want HC that is personal and communal and to be proactive. Diet matters, physical activity is beneficial and rational behavior is possible for most.

In that great bell curve of human life there is the absolute need TTDTWAA to assume personal responsibility. Life is not a “free enterprise”. The U.S. has created a less than willing population that feels entitled to the “good life” at someone’s or some government’s expense. 

Every HC and welfare program should be run according to (TTDTWAA). That means exactly what it says: “To the degree that we are able.” Every able body and mind has the responsibility to exercise knowledge, care, responsibility, and respect for their own person. This requires a mature response to the facts at hand. Life is a personal endeavor, a sacred journey and it should be lived accordingly (TTDTWAA).

The time has come for a new era of personal, corporate, and governmental integrity. The truths are here, they belong to themselves whether we know them, like them, or even understand them. Nevertheless, we need to get a grip – be honest and create a more personal, corporate, and government sense of responsibility and in doing this we must accept the fundamental fact: One size does not fit everyone.


We need to stop the ignorant adolescent prattle and get the necessary done. How can so many people be so stupid for so long?

Many current HC programs are a travesty of ignorance and avarice. We are all responsible (TTDIAA) and we have conferred rights granted to us by the Declaration of Independence and a Constitution to expect a representative government to recognize the legal and obvious fact: HC is personal and should be dealt with as such. And this must be done with absolute integrity and efficiency. 

 THE FACTS:

There are those who can and do.
There are those who cannot do.
There are those who won’t do – but might be able.
There are those who won’t do not because they don’t want to but because they fundamentally are not able.

These are not monikers to be applied to each and every one in the same way – they all belong to particular individuals and to groups and should be seen and treated accordingly. The abject absurdity of words like “Single Payer”, bespeak a complete lack of any knowledge of the facts of the matter. We are all individuals and any treatment or insurance should mirror that fact. The technology is here and the facts are clear. What is lacking is sufficient integrity of being at the individual, corporate, or governmental levels. “Universal HC” means only one thing: HC personalized in every way, shape, or form. And all those individuals who choose not to assume sufficient responsibility for themselves and others should be dealt with accordingly. Abusers, cheats, and others should be rooted out dealt with and punished to the full extent of the law.

©Don Davison





























































































































































































































































































































Oct. 8, 2015

HISTORY’S PAGES

In the pages of history books we read of the trials and tribulations of those who failed and those who succeeded. As the hands of the clock of time turn, we continue to choose to try our hand and step onto the stage of life. Of those who “strut and fret their days” few become the heroes of the ages. The rest, backs bent, eyes focused, minds busy build the lasting and accumulated wisdom of purpose that remains for all to see and attempt to protect and understand.

Why is it that we are so proud of what we think we know when it is salted onto a plate of such limited experience? The thin film of an individual’s past always offers the opportunity for choices, choices that reflect the little that we know and much that we surmise. It is prudent to recall, when lost in the reverie of calm water, that we honestly believe we can shoot the rapids. Some of us try and those blessed with strength, dedication, and a quick response, or are lucky, make it through the first time. They become those of legends providing inspiration for others to try.

Only for those with an honest wonder do these pages of history’s efforts provide the benevolence of reflective repose. Those with sufficient wisdom and experience who have mulled the facts of history and try 






to know some things have their own purpose and character. They have that strength of presence to endure a commitment over time from start to finish. Most of them have come to know there is a universal rhythm, a dance of life that takes more than one to accomplish really important things or significant moments.

We all must seek history’s hidden pockets, enclaves of quiet moments, and as well catastrophic seasons of confusion. We must get our truths from the boiling pot of life from which reflection has given birth to clearer ways of thinking and better ways of planting, harvesting, creating, and building the needed and desired that has complemented human and nature’s bounty.

Among the bounty are the ideas of the ages, those gems of great value including insights that lay the groundwork for a togetherness of all things. As the fertility of the soil has been used to increase the essentials of our wellbeing, so too, the acknowledgements of respect for the rights of others, all others, has multiplied our presence on our planet home.

There is now, in the crops of nature and of the species called humankind a sufficient critical mass of material and others that demands a sublime sense of this togetherness that respects those who can and those who cannot contribute to the health of the whole.

The difference between cans and cannots must be viewed through the multicolored prism of truth as it presents over time. We come into the world as helpless little creatures and we grow and develop over time, expressing as we go the strength and limitations of our abilities: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. This growth and development may wane as we age, we may need more assistance and care. This composite of our wholeness has enfolded us in a spectacular synergism that has produced great works of art, blood and gore, and everything in between.

The truths of the facts of health and sickness have been our ever-present companions. Some we have attempted to mask, others we have shouldered with an integrity of purpose inspiring those who chose to understand that honest relationship with the truth and the eternal reciprocity of Knowledge, Care, Responsibility, and Respect that, when owned with integrity, bodes well for the continued success of our productive presence on this planet.

How is it then that lies and corruption have gained such supercilious acceptance in the relationships of us all (the U.S.)? What deviance of cultural degradation has permeated our language and actions when slander is used as praise and the larger the lie the more stature the liar? (1)  When did nudity and sexual perversions, and vulgarity become pastimes, merely expressions of a misplaced pride in personal and cultural behavior?

Personal and communal respect is vanishing more and more from the screen of our interchanges. We have become ships without moorings; we flounder and have no purpose. When indeed there is but one omniscient penetrating and encompassing activity that holds the all of creation together in a stimulating friction igniting a spark, the light of awareness of similitude of one and another – the great attraction of life and love begetting and holding, soothing and caring. Too many have forgotten the depths of love and its commanding and everlasting commitment. Some of us have forgotten love’s purpose when the only truth that matters is “Love one another.” Meanwhile, we falter and plunder, stumble and rape and maim in the name of Baal and God. Too many have chosen to become the destroyers of beauty.
They denigrate the priceless gift of existence. They are lost.

There is only one thing that will save us in our foundling state: we must embrace one another when we slaughter, tear apart, and sell pieces of the born and unborn. From that harbor of our rational social animalhood we must exercise a sentience in our creativity mirroring all that emanates from us (the U.S.) and surrounds us. We must curb our malevolent actions. We must become those sparkling bursts of love’s efforts exuding knowledge, care, responsibility, and respect as our guiding principles of life’s integrity. We are not isolated parts we are the whole that moves within the “Whole” seeking that coinciding presence of love that is the Whole.(2)

      (1) See Crisis of the Republic: Lying in Politics, Civil Disobedience, On Violence, Thoughts on Politics         and Revolution. Hannah Arendt, Harcourt Brace 1972.

      (2) For those interested in this “Whole”, see The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and         the Power of Love. Llia Delio, 2013