I feel your pain, unfortunately. I wish you would get over it, so I could feel better.
This seemingly hard-hearted statement follows a lifetime of being brainwashed about the importance of compassion, self-sacrifice, and martyrdom. The idea that Jesus died for our sins, for instance, promotes the questionable belief that martyrdom for a presumably unselfish cause does any good. Does feeling another person’s pain alleviate her pain, or does it only make for two sufferers instead of one?
They say misery loves company, but I say joy loves company, too. It’s hard to feel joy when other people are suffering. That’s what compassion does.
As an escapee from the “compassion-for-hire” contingent, I’m especially distrustful of the “health care industry.” Here we have the “industry” carefully cultivating and expanding its “market” of frightened and gullible people who don’t believe in their bodies’ natural tendency toward homeostasis. It’s considered horrific that so many people don’t have health care insurance, but health care insurance, in reality, obstructs and distorts health care. Or it delays health care, and creates enormous overhead of its own.
Never mind that the “health care industry” has become so impersonal and mechanized that doctors and other personnel are interchangeable. Anyone can write a prescription, perform a surgery, do a lab test or procedure. Where are the cures?
Yes, there are examples of what other people call medical progress, like joint replacements or organ transplants. Would I want either one? Probably not, but since Medicare pays for it, there are people lining up to replace worn out body parts with plastic substitutes and functional organs from corpses.
What’s most distressing about this global, sanctimonious commercialization of “health care” is that the “cripple-to-control” and profit motives have taken over and blinded the mass mind to the fundamental ideas of what “health care” means. Basically, it has nothing to do with pills or surgery, and everything to do with care. True that many compassionate people go into the “health care” fields, but they also want to make a living. Curing people is bad for business, so the trend is to create a long-term dependency. The “industry” pushes for a greater perceived need for insurance to cover an ever-growing list of possible diagnoses, with pills, procedures, gadgets, and surgeries to treat (but usually not cure) them.
The “psychiatric industry” alone has expanded diagnoses to include “adult ADHD” to create a life-long market for Ritalin and other amphetamines. We have psychiatrists ganging up to push medication-assisted treatment for the latest manufactured crisis, the “opioid crisis.” Never mind that two of the four approved medications, which now require special training to prescribe, are themselves opioids and addictive. We have the head of the FDA, Scott Gottlieb, advocating treatment for life, which must be a boon for the drug manufacturers. All this despite complete lack of long-term evidence that this regimen works.
But psychiatrists haven’t stopped inventing new mental disorders yet. Insomnia is now gaining recognition as its own “disease.” Insomnia is already associated with a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis, but so-called “normal” people suffer from it, too. (Are there any normal people left?) Lately, I read that “Internet Addiction” is a growing and distressing problem that we need to address. The pediatric establishment is now recommending that children twelve and over be screened regularly for depression.
Does this make anyone else sick? It’s distressing to me because the entire focus is on looking for trouble, or fearing trouble, or making trouble. And this is what we call “health care” today.
There’s something hypocritical in the whole concept of “compassion for hire,” and this may be why patients have become so angry and litigious. The “health care industry” promises more than it delivers by preying on fear, insecurity and the deep-seated longing most people have for understanding. It could be argued that the increasing isolation and loneliness people feel in our society creates a void that they hope their doctors and other “providers” can fill. In this they will be disappointed and often angry, because their insurance doesn’t cover compassion.
The simple fact is that life is terminal, but it can be long and healthy, without outside help. The “health care industry” doesn’t want to acknowledge those who live to old age without seeing doctors, taking pills, or getting surgery. Those people are bad for business and for the pervasive myth that the “health care industry” is necessary for health.