This assignment doesn't have anything to do with my finding laughable your suggestion that the portrayal of Metatron in the film Dogma must have used you as a source of inspiration ….right?
Any road, your suspicions are correct. Unthinking "Pythagoreanism" has metastasized throughout this culture though they still eat beans…but as we both know anything is possible.
The belief that everything “true” and “significant” is “number” seems to be popular with both the brilliant and the batty. This simplification seems to take on its most sinister form in the academic discipline Economics. Its practitioners often seem to assume the role of High Priest to Business; Mammon having been renamed Free Market, and skyscrapers slowly replacing cathedrals as places of worship. As you know, the whole thing rests on believing that everything is for sale, and if for sale, must have a price, and that price must be a number whether explicitly stated or not. This coupled with the assertion that the price is best determined if everyone maximizes their own self-interest (i.e.,” What’s mine is mine and what is yours is also mine”) gives credibility to the belief that from this recipe for endless conflict a better world will spontaneously emerge. Yuck.
The whole thing is so predictable, antiquated, and tedious. I will get to what all of this has to do with your children’s cancer ward social worker being repeatedly told healthcare is a “business” next time. Peace, Zephaniah
P.S. You owe me big time.
Good morning Aloysius, Σ-2
Thanks for the encouragement. It is heartbreaking to see how far things have slipped here.
It is a mess, especially for those who are gifted to heal, and not just physicians. But for the moment we will look at the pit they seem to have fallen into. Most disgusting is the ubiquitous belief that getting rich from the pain and suffering of others is somehow admirable. It follows that your social worker’s cancer patient (even a child) is a potential source of income, a business opportunity, rather than one of God’s creatures who needs help.
As a business opportunity it has become the physician’s responsibility to the market to see that child as a “consumer,” not as a patient. (It seems to me that a “consumer” goes to the grocery store to buy a specific brand of corn flakes, but one goes to a physician to see if he or she needs corn flakes, not the same thing by any standard.) So in the eyes of the all- knowing market the physician and the manufacturer of hemorrhoid cream are economically equivalent. The physician has something to sell, not a ministry to be shared, and the child as consumer is responsible for finding a way to pay him. Since many physicians are still too tenderhearted, they become vassals to the huge pharmaceutical and insurance empires whose agents march around with placards or wear sandwich boards proclaiming “Profit is King” and “This is a Business,” as a way to justify and sanction this deviation.
Of course, what is meant by profit and business remains nebulous – undefined and unexplored, or is turned over to those adept at using language to dissemble.
Profit seems to mean the difference between what one pays, in the broadest sense, for something and what one sells it for. Under the present tyranny of Number the only valid measure of profit is financial gain, which is measured in money and must be maximized. What that has to do with a child with leukemia defies imagination until (enter stage left) here come Modern Business to the rescue….sorry I digress. I will pick this up later when I fume about pharmaceutical and insurance empires in my next update.
You get the general idea, having seen similar patterns time and time again through the ages (I love the clichés in this language). What I’ve said about physicians is generally true for all healers: veterinarians, nurses, therapists, and on and on. They are being enmeshed in a web of invalid assumptions that deny the core of why they are doing what they are doing and who they are. The dissonance often leaves them lonely and very vulnerable as they see core values collapsing and find themselves confronted with the risk of losing Heaven.
All I have said notwithstanding, those called to healing here are a group of basically really decent people trying to do the best they can against all odds. Actually, their effort is rather heroic.
Peace, Zephaniah P.S. I seriously recommend that you don’t even think about asking the council to change your nameto Gabriel II or Raphael Jr. Are youjust giving me a hard time?