We do it to ourselves


Automobile (Photo credit: A*A*R*O*N)

Athletes who smoked, chewed, drank and did drugs from the 30s through the 60s–before science came up with what it has regarding how bad these things are for you, did so anyway, and without giving it a second thought in most instances.

Sometimes you hear, “If I live to be 80, I’m going to do whatever the heck I feel like doing.”

Isn’t that what anyone does in a free country, no matter their age?

We ignore negative consequences for our poor behavior every day.

What happens when we suddenly are told we have a really bad disease (that has resulted from unhealthy habits over a long period of time) and there is little to nothing that can be done about it?

Do we worry about it or do we do just like we did when we were chewing tobacco and not worry about it—remain oblivious to positive behavior modification and continue bad habits?

Life is funny sometimes.

We each have defining moments that are sometimes clearer than others when they are happening.

Sometimes it is the realization that we will pay dearly for something we did earlier in life and this becomes our legacy. We are remembered not so much for what we accomplished but for how much we suffered while dealing with something that was killing us.

Cancer research is big business for pharmaceutical companies and the citizenry that own stock in them. These companies are largely responsible for the great gains on paper that our 401ks have enjoyed the past four years.

We are pleased with our 401k statuses and are disgusted simultaneously, with the fact we have not found a cure for cancer.

“Let’s hope we find a cure for cancer in our lifetime.”

I recently heard that it is not in the best interest of pharmaceutical companies that there ever is a cure for cancer. I understand cancer research is big profit for these companies and also responsible for significant gains in our stock portfolios.

But, as a more giving, than a taking person, I am saddened that anyone, anybody or any organization could sincerely allow people are dying in the name of profit and will continue to do so as long as the United States is the world’s superpower and controls the shots, so to speak.

Does anybody really accept this? I suppose some of us do.

Another example of big business controlling the greater good that could be possible is the automobile industry. We are still using the gasoline-powered engine; it is early 20th century technology.


gasoline (Photo credit: Il Primo Uomo)

But oil, much like cancer research for big pharmaceutical companies, means big money and profit for countries with a vested interest in oil continuing to be the way we fuel ourselves.

It is not in the best interest of oil companies for the gasoline-powered automobile engine to go away anytime soon. We will have self-driving cars and electronic dashboards with choices for beard trimming and make-up application while driving, before the gasoline-powered engine is ever fully abandoned.

I suggest we already have much of the technology to combat our greatest diseases and illnesses, just like we already have the ability to drive cars that run on something other than gasoline (don’t talk to me about expensive, high maintenance and inconvenient solar-powered vehicles, either).

The problem remains our mindset. Most of us chase a buck all day and night long. If we are fortunate enough to not go to bed hungry, we should be smart enough to change our priorities.

If something is bad for you, are you going to keep doing it anyway because you will have more money in the long run while not having as high a quality of life while doing so?

The athletes of the 30s through the 60s (without benefit of science) knew the negative substances they were ingesting were bad for them. Their bodies filled with garbage as they ignored their self-decay.

We know better today as science tells us what’s bad for us.

Why do we still do it anyway? Is this just how it is? How long are we content to let greed control all?



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