Thursday, May 22, 2014

Health or Wealth

Woody Allen once quipped, "Rich or poor, it's good to have money." Another favorite is, "Reality is the only place you can get a good steak."

Both are germane to the question. Would you rather be here - wealthy or healthy? 

Anyone who has ever had a serious ailment or even a sprained ankle would most likely answer healthy. At least if one is sound in body and mind, functionality lends itself to self-help. And you don't have to be a brain surgeon to know that life sucks when pain or immobility dominate moment to moment reality.

However, like so many other things in life, there isn't a yes or  no pat answer. In this country with its highly unsocialized and unsociable medicine, wealth becomes quite intrinsic to maintaining health, or at least being able to hire a legion of specialists of all stripes to suite the pain of the moment.

In the long run we will all end up a bag of bones, but in the meantime, may all beings be privileged to get their needs met in a loving way. That is my prayer for today.

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