I decided to make a prototype of an idea I modeled in the computer years ago that demonstrates perception base on your perspective. It comes after reading an article about the Sackler family who owns a giant pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin. They dovetail to a video of a man in NYC kicking what appears to be a sweet grandma, whom today is reported is a senior woman with severe mental issues that likes to pull knives.
What does this have to do with anything?
In the media, you have to wait for facts to present and sift themselves today, as a great deal of what is reported in the race to be first, is a mirage of sorts. only one part of the total perspective. The problem with the illusion is that many people are going to get hurt in the court of public opinion. Take for example the OxyContin issue. Native American tribes are trying to pierce the corporate veil of the drug maker by personally suing the family that owns the drug company, yet, when I read all the destruction caused by the one maker, I also wondered, “how big is the illicit market for drugs?” do illegal, or legal drugs do more damage?
I am not sure which number is more accurate when 50-70% of all legal drugs consumed are in the USA. I think the total illicit drugs were 50-60 billion? Whichever way you look at them, the numbers are staggering, when a pharmacist tells you how large the percentage of people taking medicines are in the states, your jaw drops.
Do we need medicine? Yes. Do we need to get people on a monetized cycle of treating the symptoms and not ever really going to cure the people? I don’t think so. The problem is that capitalism, stock bonuses, money, and greed have made it too convenient ever to want to stop the problem.
Before anyone gets all in an uproar, I have met heroin addicts as well as seen the ravages of OxyContin and other pain medicines on friends and family. It still amazes me that for whatever reason of, “a doctor prescribed it” even if it amounts to legal heroin, is accepted as fine. my psychiatry friends are all giddy at that world of empathogens to treat PTSD. “how about some magic mushrooms or iowaska to numb you from the reality of what we taught you to do in the name of patriotism!”
My last line is not as a crack at any veteran. it is a more significant crack at man’s dependence on monetizing fear, insecurity, and weapons under the guise of “patriotism.”
I guess I was just surprised this morning reading the news, that I could not differentiate between the executive, doctors, weapons makers, political leaders, and the street dealer and the junkie, versus the patient.
The question simple had me seem like a naïve waif in wondering what is the difference? a suit and tie?
It has me wonder what it will take for people inside the united states to start actually taking better care of themselves, moving a bit more with exercise, eating healthier, taking some time to meditate/pray…these are the things that appear to be lost as the land of entertainment and choice gets larger and larger.
Is news considered media or entertainment anymore? Do we need 70% of the world's lawyers for 5% of the globe's population?
can we bring common sense back out of retirement? ASAP? or would that move have a class action lawsuit brought against it because people were not told enough times to take better care of themselves?