I am continuing my thoughts on ambient abuse as it applies to relationships of all kinds.
Here are some thoughts about the Government Health Care and Health Attitudes that we face in our modern world.
About ambient abuse again....
"Ambient abuse, therefore, is the fostering, propagation, and enhancement
of an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, instability, unpredictability
and irritation. There are no acts of traceable explicit abuse, nor any
manipulative settings of control. Yet, the irksome feeling remains, a
disagreeable foreboding, a premonition, a bad omen."
In a way, in my mind, the condition of illness has been altered in the Health Care Systems of the world? (or maybe its just the UK?) to be all about counting costs. It's all about money. It's about the how much the treatment you get costs and whose fault it is that you are ill. If it's YOUR fault, then we will be marinaded in an atmosphere of disapproval.
Obesity is wrong because obese people cost more to a Health Service than a normal sized person. Obese people generate illnesses that need to be dealt with - "obesity related" extra attention, treatments THAT COST. If you are obese, you will feel guilty, foreboding that someone is going to "pick on you" because you can't stop eating will cloak you. It will be this way, even though the obesity epidemic cannot be explained by "overeating".
There is carping, nagging, social engineering to see that we are
"educated" into a "healthy life style" by the media serving the Health Lobbies of a country.
Smoking, drinking and eating your way into bad health is not
permissible and people who do this are a COST to society. Well, no
actually. Smokers, drinkers and eaters have paid every penny of their
treatment before they even need medical attention. They have paid all, and more
through their taxes.
The constant promotion that you
are an expense to to system (State Medical System) and to society is a load of boloney.
It's abuse - an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, instability,
and irritation towards those who misbehave. We are "costly" only because we have become a commodity in a commercial environment (Health)
In the UK, there is a little threat being wafted around like a nasty smell, that smokers, eaters and drinkers will be punished by not getting medical attention until they behave. This is the new Hippocratic oath? No, it's abuse!
There is no convalescence time offered once you have had your operation or baby. Home is where you need to be - it's cheaper! Convalescence is an old fashioned word now. Its something we can't afford to do anymore - a waste of money, yes? NOT allowing time for convalescence is foolish and short sighted. Having to re-admit people to hospital that you just discharged is REALLY expensive and has to be an example of the failure of cutting costs.
The strange thing is with ambient abuse is that you can't quite put your finger on the problem. It's just - well - ambient! But you can tell it's there by the way you FEEL. If you feel guilty about going down with flu, or getting sick because you couldn't control your stress, or getting lung cancer even though you never smoked in your life, or eating Camembert cheese at three months pregnant, or scoffing chocolate cake with your coffee, or eating three only of your "five a day" - something ain't right! And it's not you.