Friday, October 9, 2009

Expanding the Needs in an Interdependent Community

Reviewing my last two blogs, some people may question the issue of the abundance of those in need and my use of positivity when it comes to health. Using the same example as before, if a doctor has ten patients and only needs two things, should the doctor turn down the other eight or the ones who don’t have what he or she needs? Of course not.

It’s the doctor’s duty to ensure the health of each patient. For the ones who do not have what the doctor needs, they can offer communication, as I explained in a previous blog. There are other options available. The remaining patients can either offer a type of need that the doctor can save until later when he or she needs it or they can go to another doctor who does need what the patients are offering. Just because one person is a doctor, does not mean another can’t be. However, they both must treat each patient equally. By each patient, I mean any patient that needs a doctor, and not a specific doctor. To further explain, if Tom and Jerry are both doctors and they have ten patients totaled together, both Tom and Jerry should ensure the health of each patient, regardless of whether the patient chooses Tom or Jerry. In the case of an absence of patients, the doctor can utilize another type of need to obtain other types of needs. With this being said, I hardly doubt that within a community, there will be only doctors. Everyone has a unique gift and it is doubtful that all will be the same.

So far, I have said that doctors are essential to put patients in good health. What if the doctor is unable to fix or cure an illness? Should the patient still return a type of need? I have stated over and over that doctors have the duty of ensuring the health of their patients. If there is nothing that can be done for the patient and the doctor has done everything he or she can, including researching, then yes, the patient should return a type of need. If the doctor refuses to research further after realizing nothing can be done, the patient should not be expected to return a type of need. It is the doctor’s duty to not only ensure this patient’s health, but to educate him or herself on the illness for future patients. This within itself will fulfill a type of need, communication. This method does not only pertain to doctors, but to anyone. If anyone fails at a job, the person must educate him or herself to better themselves for the future; thus fulfilling a need.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Interdependence and What It Means

In my previous blog, I used the term “interdependence”. What is interdependence? Interdependence is one of four ways we rely and communicate with others. Before I completely define interdependence, it will be easier to understand once the other three ways are explained.

The first is what society wants everybody to strive for, independence. Independence is simply defined as relying on oneself completely. The second is the complete opposite, dependence. Dependence is when one completely relies on another. The third is co-dependence, an unequal dependence between multiple people. I believe our society has evolved into a co-dependent society. Many people rely too much on others for support and help and only give back however much they see fit. This gives those people an excuse to judge others and classify them. I am not talking about minority groups; I am talking about the majority groups. Taking the example from my previous blog, doctors and insurance agents make up a portion of the majority group, part of the “upper-class”. If a patient goes to a doctor, but the doctor does not accept the patient’s type of healthcare, how is this fair? Again, isn’t it the doctor’s duty to see that the patient is in good health? The doctor is classifying patients by ruling a majority of them out or asking for monetary payment in return. The doctor is relying too much on support from insurance companies; therefore, decreasing the number of patients instead of doing his or her duty by making sure all patients are in good health. In an interdependent society, doctors would make sure that all patients are in good health.

Interdependence is defined as an equal dependence between multiple people. As I stated in my previous blog, in an interdependent society, everyone collaborates peacefully using their unique gift with the objective to maintain equal amount of survival for everyone. Doctors know the value of a life, and no matter of the type of healthcare, would treat each patient, as it is his or her duty. The patient would then return the favor by giving a type of need, as it is essential for life, to make things equal.

To amount of what is given should not play a role or even come into question, because the outcome will always be survival, and that is the main goal in an interdependent society.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Healthcare Does Not Bring Peace

Many people have asked me about my thoughts on healthcare. It is obvious that one needs to be in good health in order to survive. Insurance companies are the ones that decide whether an individual receives healthcare and the amount. Those individuals who can afford more insurance obtain more insurance than those who cannot. Is this fair?

If two patients with identical health issues but with different amounts of healthcare insurance went to a doctor, should the doctor favor the patient with more insurance over the other? Of course not. Doctors solely exist to better their patients’ health. Doctors are essential for life because in order to survive, one needs to be in good health. Both patients need to be in good health and therefore, the doctor must do his or her duty by tending to both of them.

Everyone has a gift, a duty, in life. Doctors have the duty of putting patients in good health. By giving good health, the doctor is giving the patient a better chance of survival. There is no price on survival. The doctor should not expect monetary payment in return. This is what many people oversee. Doctors should expect a better chance of survival in return. In my previous blog, I stated that one needs three things in order to survive: replenishment, thermoregulation, and communication. Whichever the doctor is lacking, he or she should expect in return.

Two issues may arise with this method. One being what if the doctor is not lacking in any of the three types of needs. I find this quite unlikely since communication is always a need. People may not want it, but it is a need. For example, if the doctor healed a fisherman, the fisherman could easily return the favor by teaching the doctor how to fish. This will not only include communication, but also replenishment. Thus, making the doctor more knowledgeable and well-rounded, able to teach others how to fish. The other issue is what if the patient has nothing to give in return or does not have what the doctor needs. I find this hard to believe as I believe everyone can teach something to better another. If not, the patient could locate someone who could do something for the doctor if the patient did something for that someone. Despite these issues, they come with an advantage. In either issue, the patient has started a network, a community. This community is not just any community, but a community of interdependence; where everyone collaborates peacefully using their unique gift with the objective to maintain equal amount of survival for everyone.

And ultimately, isn’t that fair?


Friday, June 19, 2009

The Types of Needs

One of the biggest misconceptions in society is the idea of a need. Many people cannot differentiate a need from a want. A need is something an individual has to have in order to survive, or live, while a want is just something that will benefit an individual, such as making life easier. A need can benefit an individual in terms of survival, but in most cases, a want is used for entertainment or pleasure, which is not required for survival. To maintain survival, needs are categorized into three groups: replenishment, thermoregulation, and communication.

Replenishment is what individuals use to revitalize and recharge their systems with energy. There are four ways of doing this. First, one must eat food. Second, one must have at least water. Food and water give individuals energy throughout the day in order to survive. To recharge, an individual must rest and get sleep to increase their energy levels. Finally, one must work out and exercise to keep the organs working and blood flowing.

Thermoregulation is what keeps individuals at a temperature they are comfortable with and can tolerate in order to survive. There are three ways in doing this. First, to survive extreme weather conditions that the body cannot handle, an individual must have shelter. This will keep the individual from outside temperatures. However, inside a shelter, conditions may still be extreme and can be regulated by clothing. At the very most, an individual can use other forms of energy to stay at a decent temperature, whether inside or outside. These include a heater, air conditioner, fireplace, and a bonfire.

Communication is the way an individual expresses him or herself to others and gets feedback. There are four ways of doing this. An individual first learns about the world by moving; through the senses. When an individual waves a hand, they can feel the air moving through the fingers. An individual then learns by speaking. Once they can ask a question, an answer will follow and the individual has now been educated. After this, an individual then begins to write. Here, they express their feelings and wonders with images and words. Education is also introduced this way. Finally, an individual can also communicate with him or herself by expanding their knowledge into different parts of the brain that may assist them in predicting certain outcomes in their life and others’. This is called intuitive communication. In all four of these types of communication, education is imparted and fulfills the need of communication. Without communication, one cannot become educated and evolve.

Replenishment, thermoregulation, and communication are the keys to survival. Without one of these, an individual could not live. The questions remaining are does each individual have the right to each of these, and if so, is there a set amount? If so, why is there a set amount?