Our annual convocation is finishing today, that is the day this will be posted (Oct. 12th) rather than the day I am writing it because I have to write the posts at least a day before they are posted. We spent one full day and one half day at Camp Galilee on the shore of Lake Tahoe and half a day at the Gold Hill Hotel near Virginia City, the oldest hotel still in operation in Nevada.
I am glad to see that my new home state of Nevada must now recognize same-sex marriages after the decision of the ninth district court. By the time this is posted some gay marriages will aready have occurred in Las Vegas. The first was actually a state senator who was (as far as we know) the first to pop the question after the news announcement. Now even gays can get married by an Elvis or Captain Kirk impersonator!
Still seeing more panicking over the Ebola Boogieman. I saw a video on line of an actual doctor who was strolling around the Atlanta airport in a hazmat suit claiming that the CDC is not doing enough to stop it. We should also be asking why this disease has not spreading to wealthier African countries where people are not starving. My concern about all this panic is that limited funds available for medical research and care are being directed to a disease that is still almost exclusive to three poor West African countries and, at this point, there is no reason to believe that it will become an epidemic here.
It really annoys me that the term “Health Care” is so ridiculously misused by the pharmaceutical marketing folks. It is not used for anything that actually makes you healthy, or keeps you healthy. Instead, it is used for any methods of treating the symptoms of illness or general poor health. As a result, real health care is now stuck with the somewhat awkward term “Wellness care”. But what is really annoying is that the “Health Insurance” I am forced to buy won’t even pay for any Wellness care. If I want to consult a nutritionist, get a massage at the spa, or join a gym, I am on my own. Taking care of my health, not covered. Only treatments for sickness is covered. So stupid!! That’s like a car dealer selling an auto maintenance plan that doesn’t cover oil changes, injector cleaning, belt changes, and other types of routine maintenance, but only covers actual breakdowns.
“The heart of men has been so made by God that, like a flint, contains a hidden fire which is evolved by music and harmony, and renders man beside himself with ecstasy. These harmonies are echos of that higher world of reality which we call the world of spirits.” ~Al-Ghazzali
A sailboat on Lake Tahoe. I took this from Camp Galilee where some sessions of the Cosolargy annual Convocation were held this year.