Working Together

“In 2020, healthcare costs totaled $3.5 trillion, 85 percent of which was to manage diet-related chronic diseases.”

If we are talking about infrastructure and we are concerned about not wasting money, then we have to talk about diet-related disease and sickness. We just spent $2.9 trillion on sickness and disease that we(ourselves) are causing. Even the environmental pollution, the forever chemicals (PFA’s) in our bodies, the glyphosate, the microplastics that cover the planet and that are found in our bodies-ARE a direct result of our consumer demands for ease, convenience and cheap junk.

The undeniable truth is that we are all participating in a system that cares more about return on investment, convenience and satisfying appetites than it does strengthening health, being good stewards of our environment, protecting communities from businesses that capitalize on our weaknesses, and making sure our children have a world with clean water, soil and air.

“Thus we never see the one truth that would help us begin to solve our ethical and political problems: that we are all more or less wrong, that we are all at fault, all limited and obstructed by our mixed motives, our self-deception, our greed, our self-righteousness and our tendency to aggressivity and hypocrisy.

IN our refusal to accept the partially good intentions of others and work with them (of course prudently and with resignation to the inevitable imperfection of the result) we are unconsciously proclaiming our own malice, our own intolerance, our own lack of realism, our own ethical and political quackery.

Perhaps in the end the first real step toward peace would be a realistic acceptance of the fact that our political ideals are perhaps to a great extent illusions and fictions to which we cling out of motives that are not always perfectly honest: that because of this we prevent ourselves from seeing any good or any practicability in the political ideals of our enemies—which may, of course, be in many ways even more illusory and dishonest than our own. We will never get anywhere unless we can accept the fact that politics is an inextricable tangle of good and evil motives in which, perhaps, the evil predominate but where one must continue to hope doggedly in what little good can still be found.

But someone will say: “If we once recognize that we are all equally wrong, all political action will instantly be paralyzed. We can only act when we assume that we are in the right.” On the contrary, I believe the basis for valid political action can only be the recognition that the true solution to our problems is not accessible to any one isolated party or nation but that all must arrive at it by working together.” Thomas Merton

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