Is anything ever really free?

6 Dec

Often I get into discussions at work, mostly because we can have large time slots where we physically are just watching equipment perform subsea. During these slack times we solve ALL of the world’s problems, as we so often chide ourselves. One of the things for me that often gets brought up is the socialized medicine we have in Canada. True that it is a benefit that I for one would not want to see disappear but equally I wish that there wasn’t so much abuse of the system which I believe exist. That abuse is equally from the general public as it is from the professional within the system. One of the comments that I most often hear is the fact that socialized medicine is free. Sadly including our own citizen believe this as well, but in actuality it is far from free. It cost our tax dollars dearly. But the question which I forward here is WHY do we believe that it is free? Well as I discuss in my article “It doesn’t matter it’s free! Or is it?” the fact that people never have to reach in their pocket and pay for the service there is no mental association with a service cost. I really believe that if people had to pay something, as maybe $10 per doctor’s visit we would once again start to develop the brains to determine for ourselves whether what we have is just a simple cold or is it more? Today I hear it often…“oh it’s just a cold but better go to the doctor just to make sure”. Before socialized medicine, believe it or not people could evaluate for themselves the degree of seriousness of one’s health. Of course some people were better at it than others and many chose professions or careers related to the medical fields because of it.
Today I am sad to say that society has reduced most of us to automatons where we can no longer make decisions of our own. We need to have some “professional” tells us that yes you are mentally unfit! or no you cannot perform this task because you do not have the necessary training or skills. People can no longer depend on one’s honor to make a deal; we “must” visit our own legal advisor before any exchange ever take place. Once upon a time one’s handshake was sufficient and binding. It was binding as because of personal integrity, a man’s word was his signature. Society is reducing us to the belief that we can go through life without any events. But without “events” we learn nothing.
Not everything is life and death or needs to be studied to death before it is attempted. Many things are learned skills. Like riding a bike, you can read as many books as you want on the matter. You can take part in as many study groups as you wish. You can take in as many conferences on the subject as you like, but until you “physically” get on a bike, push the pedals fall however many times as you do (since our sense of balance is unique) and fall you will, you will NEVER be able to perform the task. That is one thing that I feel that today’s society is drastically removing from its denizens, the belief that each can achieve something on their own. It equally removes the belief that each can do the same thing but differently than the rest. Society wants us all to believe that we are all the same and sadly we are not. We are similar to be sure, but each one of us have our own super hero quality. It is up to each of us to test, experiment and discover what it is that we can do better than anyone else. As well not everyone needs to excel in the same fashion. One can be just as happy in a repetitious job and family life that will drive others totally insane, and that’s OK too.

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