We are strange creatures. How’s that for a profound & definitive opening?
I have a blood test scheduled for 8:30am Monday morning and it requires a 12-hour fast which means that in about an hour and ten minutes, I have to stop eating until after the blood test. For the last 20-minutes or so, I’ve been trying to decide what the final meal will be – everything from a burger at McDonalds to a bowl of tinned soup here at home. I’m used to “grazing” as they call it and rarely stop nibbling much before 11pm or so. Tonight must be different due to the intricacies of blood tests which can tell my physicians how things are working in terms of my blood chemistry. Makes me think that I am truly blessed by the access to great health care which I have.
A short time ago, I was watching the movie Gandhi on TV. I think about the situation he faced in the early 20th century in trying to bring independence to India and how little the Indian people had, compared to the luxury lifestyle of their English overseers. As Mohandas Gandhi so clearly demonstrated, for the vast majority of Indians, their clothing of simple spun cloth was all they could call their own. There are still so many people in this world in a similar situation who are exploited by overseers who are interested only in lining their own pockets and making themselves wealthy. Greed is a vicious trait.
How seldom do we take the time to reflect on how fortunate so many of us are to have access to great health care, quality education, and food, shelter and clothing. We are indeed the fortunate few.