The Continued Deterioration of the Global Healthcare Industry Will Kill You or People You Love
You know it’s true
Hey before we do this let’s all try to remember that everything is stupidly polarized right now and we’re often incapable of looking at the middle ground. Got it? Ok, cool.
A lot of what’s happening in the systems that impact us all can be described as a bunch of stupid bullshit being done for fucking awful self-serving reasons, mostly by people who know it’s bullshit and don’t know what to do about it, at the behest of elites who cannot possibly be competent enough to do their jobs.
This is evidenced by the broad failures of global elites to address every single global crisis we’re facing right now.
At a more local level: I believe there is a pretty significant conspiracy in my region relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have some evidence and I’m confident I can find more. I’ve found plenty of other folks who share my experience — and know there are more. I know that a lot of the people on the inside who have access to the data that can prove this cover-up are well intended people working in an obviously overburdened healthcare system. I understand that many of these people know the cover-up is wrong but don’t see how shining a light on it now would be a good thing. I understand their perspectives, I feel sympathy about the fact that they may feel guilt and shame for participating in this conspiracy, and I have empathy for them because they likely didn’t choose to do this so much as choose to go along with it — an important distinction to be made if we want to fully understand why people behave the way they behave. I’ll be exploring this cover-up in future articles.
I live in Canada so my personal anecdote is about my public healthcare system, but we can all see what’s happening in the US in their private system, and at the global level in a hybrid system. I want to make it clear that I’m not here to bash the for-profit healthcare system because I think that public options are necessarily better. Nothing is that simple, we just desperately want things to be simple because of how stupidly polarized everything has become. Frankly, all but a handful of elite options in a handful of privileged regions in the world seem to kind of suck (and employ hard-working, well intended people who likely feel they are doing they best they can in a system they feel they can’t control).
It’s systemic. I’m vaguely qualified to assess this because I’m a wizard who focuses on esoteric systems.
Why is healthcare out of control?
It’s obviously because of money. Having to assign a material value to the metaphysically defined concept of health can only result in systemic failures. How much money does it cost to fix a leg? Ok, what about when you factor in the impact of the injury and recovery as it spreads outwards into the undiscovered physics of consciousness which connect our minds with each other and our environments?
It’s not just money. Different healthcare sectors have different challenges. Psychology has a doozy of a challenge to overcome: Quantum mechanics tells us that measuring something changes it. Part of the reason we have a replication crisis is because we measured out minds and we didn’t account for the fact that our minds aren’t just constructed of materialistic, biological components. Some unknown quantum aspect of our existence occurs in spaces of reality relating to undiscovered physics of consciousness. This is Gödel’s incompleteness theorem made manifest as an actual instance of an actual problem which is not indefinitely solvable due to the malleable and unknowable nature of reality — and it’s happening in our healthcare system. Psychological sciences will need to develop a meta structure capable of adapting to our constant change in order to prevent a future replication crisis.
Money compromises morals
A for-profit healthcare industry is as bad as a for-profit weapons industry — just for different reasons. Brilliant people deserve to be well compensated for their hard work but recent history has clearly shown us that must happen independently of shareholder returns. It’s not just these two sectors of industry — there are obviously others. They can exist and they can employ people and if we remove the financial incentive structures that prioritize sustaining or causing harm in order to generate revenue we’ll be able to do so much more with so much less.
Don’t listen to me though, listen to Russell Brand beautifully answer this challenging question from his audience about how to find the right balance in how our civilization should explore healthcare services.
Go to YouTube to watch this, it’s worth the click. Also: subscribe to Russell Brands newsletter if you want to follow one of the nascent movements capable of achieving the systemic change required to save us from for-profit healthcare.
He perfectly highlights how we can’t walk away from all the amazing progress we’ve made while acknowledging that there are evident flaws in the systems which have resulted in this progress, and that those flaws are harmful to us. I dunno if I’m suppose to share these private community videos but I do know that more people need to see them. What he’s saying is very obvious.
It’s obvious and we don’t see it because we don’t want to see it.
Thanks for reading. Here’s a good introduction to my other articles, narrativized and broken down by category.
A poem inspired by these thoughts will appear in my second book of poetry: Fight the World. You can learn about it, and my first book, here: