Some questions I have been asking myself lately had me wonder about the usage of prescription and/or illicit narcotics. I think the trigger was reading that about seventeen thousand people die of drug overdoses. It seemed high to me, and then I learned there are forty-four thousand suicides and my mind tried to rationalize insanity and think, “oh that isn’t too many.” I then rechecked what some rough guides I have for the number of prescription medicines, (seventy percent) are and the subset of, “how many drugs for mental issues, like anxiety and depression came in at 1 out of 6 – almost 17 %.
To put it a different way, if you see six cars on the road, one driver is taking some medicine for the mind, and four of the vehicles are taking medication for something. That leaves 2 cars not taking any type of drug.
When I looked at the illegal narcotics usage, it appeared to follow the same trend of most any addiction. You have a small percentage of the overall society ingesting massive quantities. With the legalization of cannabis in some states, I kept seeing the majority of the people getting into the business for purely greedy purposes and to make “lots of money!” were the minority of the people were multi-generational growers who really cared about their plants. It has been an interesting lesson watching the industry unfold with the sheer ick of greed oozing out of every hole or crevice available. It reminds me of the music industry in many ways.
Then I pulled the obesity statistics in. Seventy-five percent of men and sixty-six percent of women are overweight or obese.
When you boil the numbers down and think about it…if you have 6 cars on the road, it means that only two of them are really healthy at any one time. If you do the math, it is actually less than two.
How did we get here? The united states are only 5% of the globe's population, yet we consume 25% of the globe's resources, we have 70% of the planets lawyers, and 60-70% of the country medicating. In some respects, I think I just found the elusive market size estimate for some of the products for augmanity, and it is not in the majority, yet, the majority can really benefit the most from it all.
It boils down to change. How many really want to change? How many want to sit in the muck that they are in and find the thought of doing something different more uncomfortable than just popping another pizza, pill, drink, or buying a bigger armchair to watch life from. (I went to a furniture store and was aghast at the new designs for the mass market user – recliners with drink holder and snack tables built in!)
There is a large herd and way life is going, mark twain wrote that if you ever find yourself in that herd, It is probably a time to really look at yourself. Separating myself from the herd was the best thing I ever did for my heart and soul. Yet, I do live on a planet where the herd is alive and well. I have learned that free will or choice is one of the most beautiful things one can have on this planet. It is a luxury of sorts that we have somehow misconstrued as some “right” while we forget the power of the ability to have so many choices.
I don’t know what I am writing about – except that when I look at life, it is concise, yet, people think we can control it. Perhaps the message is that actually to control your life, you have to realize that your life can end at any moment and you have to live each moment, not in the past, nor in the future, but in the now.
what choice will you make with your time today?