I recently read an alarming blog post about a serious legislative problem in our country that needs to be addressed. (You can find that post here: DO FEDERAL REGULATIONS PROTECT THE CONSUMER OR THE DRUG MANUFACTURERS?
I left the following two word comment on that post: “Unconscionable greed.” I also put a sad face: 😦 The blog’s author, Doctor Jonathan, replied:
“It is greed, but where is the consumer’s responsibility in this situation. Once aware, how many people do you think will take action by contacting congressional representatives, news media, local newspapers, activist organizations, etc… Anger followed by a PASSIVE RESPONSE satisfies the NEEDS of the special interest groups looking to profit off the consumer. INACTION is exactly what the BIG INDUSTRIES rely on.”
Doctor Jonathan is 100% correct in what he said. So… why aren’t “We the People” doing more to right this wrong — and so many other wrongs — both in our country, and in the world?
Here is my (edited) reply to Doctor Jonathan:
I think a lot of people are just very tired. Everywhere we turn, there’s more bad news, and more and more outrageous wrongdoing… it gets overwhelming. Especially for people like my husband and me. (We are both on disability for severe chronic PTSD.)
A case in point is the water supply here where we live. In July of this year, our village mailed a report about our water to all of the residences in this town. Nothing about the envelope or the beginning paragraphs of the letter gave any indication that our water is seriously TOXIC. Buried in the report was the unsettling fact that our municipal water has “higher than acceptable levels” of…. RADIOACTIVE URANIUM!
Reading the small print, I discovered that the required test which had found this problem was done in 2015. Yet we did not get a “notification” until more than halfway through 2016.
My husband and I agreed that we needed to DO SOMETHING, immediately. Contact our congressmen, the news media, hire a lawyer, something!! Drinking water with high levels of uranium can cause various cancers and kidney problems. For the past two years, my husband’s annual blood work has indicated that things were going south with his kidney function. My recent blood work indicated the same thing.
But now it is almost Christmas, and what have we done? We bought a Primo bottom loading self cleaning water dispenser, and several five gallon jugs of filtered water. Meanwhile, I worry about how many busy young families in this town, never even bothered to read that innocuous looking report.
It’s not that we don’t care, we care very much. But we are feeling completely overwhelmed by LIFE, these days. Yes, I know how pathetic that sounds. And yet, it is the truth. This is why I stopped following blogs for awhile, until recently. I also stopped reading and watching the news…. until the election happened and I went “Huh? What have I missed?!” But the more I read the news, the more helpless, sad, and overwhelmed I feel.
Is there a pill for this? Just kidding…. (Note: like me, Doctor Jonathan is NOT a fan of Big Pharma, as you’ve probably already guessed from the title of his post.)
I am hesitant to post this comment. But I am too old, as a sixty-something great-grandma, to be less than totally honest. Even when the truth makes me look really bad….
(end of my edited comment)
……….Does anyone have any viable suggestions on how to break free of this deadening inertia caused by feeling completely OVERWHELMED by LIFE? Something other than just going ahead and burying ourselves, that is? If so, please tell me about it in the comments, below.
However, if you do post a comment here, please don’t feel offended if I don’t approve it or reply to it right away. I feel like I am either coming down with a sinus infection, or an abscessed tooth. (I don’t want to believe it, but it’s probably my tooth.) Not only that, the temperature is in the single digits outside and everything is covered in snow and ice. But I will soon need to bundle up our two dogs and myself and take them out into the terrible cold to go potty…. and I don’t wanna!! But I must, or there goes the Oriental carpets.
And no, I can’t just open the door and let the dogs out, I must go with them, because we have predator animals living in and around the many vacant houses around us: foxes, coyotes, even black bears. Our Pitbull could probably defend herself — although she is so meek, she runs to me for protection from my stepdaughter’s Chihuahuas! But our little Poodle is too tiny to win in a fight with a hungry wild animal, although HE doesn’t think so. We should have named him Napoleon.
Ah, life. We all have our trials and hardships, every last one of us.
My chaplain husband and I do a lot of praying every day, and we help hurting people in practical ways whenever we can, with food, money for necessities, an encouraging word, etc. Together, we are working very hard on our ongoing healing from our respective PTSD. Although we still have a ways to go, we really have come a long way from where we were, at our worst. And every single day, regardless of what’s happening, we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives.
But there is so much more that we want to do, and feel we ought to do, but DON’T. We’ve bought Christmas gifts for loved ones who live far away, and haven’t even mailed them yet. I haven’t put up the tree, and Christmas is one week from today. The laundry is piling up again, I need to vacuum, and I have this memoir I want/need to finish someday before I die, but it is SO HARD TO WRITE.
OK, I will stop whining now. Thank you for reading, and God bless. Be gentle with yourself and others today. Merry Christmas!