Yesterday, I was driving to work when a certain song came on the radio. I quickly cranked the volume and reminisced my life as a senior in high school when this song was popular. This time, however, the lyrics struck me in a way they never had before.
I listened to the song and watched while the old pick up truck in front of me spewed emissions in the air and the man next to me threw a cigarette butt out his window. My eyes began to well up with tears and a heavy sadness weighed on my heart. In the last few years, I have had an unceasing feeling that we as humans are missing something about this life- something really important. Americans especially have become so greedy for power and materialism that we will do anything out of convenience. In the mean time, we have lost all consideration for other living beings. We are procreating at a staggering rate, depleting all of our natural resources, and abusing this planet for our own instant gratification. Our food industry is corrupt, our health as a nation is the poorest it has ever been, and our recent economic downturn is, in part, due to the fact that people are living above their economic means to achieve some false sense of status. It has become clear to me that we are straying further and further away from our purpose on this earth which is to love and be loved, connect and feel connected.
Although we have achieved many great medical advancements in our lifetime, I believe western medicine is ultimately failing us. It saddens me how quick doctors are to proscribe a pill which treats symptoms rather than causes. It also shocks me when people readily accept medications which solve one problem but create more. I believe if we all ate a little better, exercised a little more, and drank water a little more often, we would be healthier, happier people who wouldn't require quite so many daily meds to treat our ailments.