In her seminal work on the environment, Rachael Carson in Silent Spring writes that at the turn of the last century, during the time of the Pastur’s and everything they brought to awareness of what generated sickness, for the first time fairly decent records were kept of the instances of certain diseases in society. Ms Carson notes that child cancer was something that was rare. “Now” she writes;” there are whole hospitals dedicated to child cancer” and that was back in the early sixties. What promoted this thought was in today’s Globe MIT president Susan Hockfield writes in her Gaining ground on cancer of the multi year, multi billion dollar effort to find a cancer cure.
This quote is what got my attention
While 2002 marked the first-ever yearly decline in US cancer deaths, more than 40 percent of Americans will still contract cancer in their lifetime.
As expected it is a call for patience with the enormous funding required to continue the research to seek a cure for cancer.
But nowhere in her article does she address the real culprit; What we are doing to our selves with the way had we chosen to live that a 40% cancer rate is now a reality? I recently read that there is a rise in women’s facial hair due to all the growth hormones in production beef and chickens bred for market. There was a report that prescription drugs are coming up in the water supply leading to (in one instance) male fish developing female attributes due to suspected concentrations of birth control pills. I could certainly go on with horror stories but will refrain to get to my point.
I pair this with last weekends Globe editorial (and post here on BMG) of Davie Whites Time for Criminal Sentencing Reform to make my point wherein David White suggests we step back and look at the cost of dealing with the aftermath of incarcerating prisoners for crimes that could be balanced by taking a tough look at the nature of what causes that criminal behavior in the first place.
Ever notice that when you walk down the aisle of your supermarket in the home cleaning section that your eyes burn a little bit. What does a life time of spraying and wiping and swifter dusting doing to you and your family? But how could we know when a commercial reminds us when the gaggle of soccer moms comes over for coffee, it is time for the hostess to set off the “Glade Air Freshener” newest scent and then they all ouu and awe at what wonderful things it does to the air. Begs the question (that is not asked) what is it doing to you lungs? So what caused this blindness in a day of “Going green” marketing that we still do not see the problem. I believe it is because we are a nation of addicts who have become addicted to the global reach of advertising. Marketed into submission where the glamour of a new flat screen TV is more important than the content of what is there. Feel that (as the commercial tells us) keeping up with the Jones green lawn, by dumping 50 lbs bags of Scott whatever seed, weed and feed that brightens up that green status symbol is the right thing to do ( cue sunny day and playing family) ignoring the fact that the children now play in a lush carpet of insecticide and herbicide.
Why would rational educated people do such a thing? But why, you might ask, do people get strung out on crystal meth, knowing full well how destructive it is? It is what psychologist would refer to as an addictive personality wherein the ability to see the personal cost is out weighed by the desire for whatever the person is addicted to in the first place. If we really want to deal with Cancer isn’t it about time we took that cultural cold shower and ask why we have become so addicted to a civilization that we may in fact be dieing from?