June 10, 2012
Our higher educational and health care systems have become top heavy and bloated institutions, and more and more catering to the very wealthy while turning their backs on the needs of the populace. Universities are too much like country clubs, hospitals are too much like spas catering to rich hypochondriacs and their vanity. There is real if unthinking violence and cruelty in their piling on the unnecessary tests for their own economic gain. Both professions are sadly lacking in the spirit of service to humanity that should be their central, guiding tenets.
At the same time that these trends towards economic exclusivity, educational opportunities and medical information have both become tremendously more accessible to everyone for free online and through other venues, driven largely by the ethic of service and mutual aid that is sadly missing from profit motivated “health care” and education industrial complexes. I think it is interesting how these trends go in opposite directions, and that we will increasingly bypass institutions by simply educating and healing ourselves and each other.