I just read some very interesting commentary from a guy named Barry Kibrick, a real dynamo of a person who hosts a public television tv show about books called Between the Lines.
I could not recommend it more highly. He gets top-flight authors from all realms and does truly in-depth interviews that are riveting. There ya go, that’s my plug for Barry. He’s top-notch!
Anyway, in regards to the “hysteria” surrounding the swine flu, he said this today…
I want to comment about some of the hysteria revolving around the “Swine-flu” concern. If this actually becomes a pandemic, or just a mild case of the flu, obviously certain precautions for good health must always be a part of a daily regimen. However, panic never leads to anything. For overall good health I leave you with these words by Dr. Edward Schneider, a past guest on Between the Lines with his book What Your Doctor Hasn’t Told You and the Health Store Clerk Doesn’t Know
If you want to stay alive, live. That means engaging fully with life. Start with a good marriage or partnership; build a strong social network of friends. Stay curious and challenged. By plunging into life’s offerings, you’ll feel brighter and more optimistic, which is a good thing for your health.
Surely take appropriate precautions during this time, but please don’t stop “plunging into life’s offering”, for they are a wonderful tonic for overall good health.
How awesome is this advice? And being that it is so good, how come we don’t teach this stuff in school? I mean I try to but I am certainly made to feel by the state mandates that I am “off topic” when I do. It certainly isn’t in the standards anywhere. Bubble tests never make inquiries into this kind of stuff.
And so I wonder, why are our schools so out-of-touch with what is valuable to making a good life? And how great would it be if we had a pandemic that swept our nation which actually decided to eliminate the buffoonery of so many of the ill-guided attempts at schooling currently in place.
A pandemic to be solved by a vaccine characterized by common sense.
Ah, when pigs fly…