A cultural change is in progress. Looking into our industries propels this change and is self-evident!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our Surgeon General warn that “Cigarette smoking can cause Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema and May Complicate Pregnancy.”
The Tobacco Industry is “the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking.” – CDC
Our children think because we allow the Tobacco Industry to put a product on the market that kills people it’s okay for them to smoke it. They rationalize by saying ‘we’re going to die from something, may as well be tobacco’. The sad thing, they’re correct. That ‘something’ is prevalent in so many things we allow in our culture!
Not to worry, the Pharmaceutical Industry has a band-aid for every ‘something’! Every disease and discomfort… for all those ‘somethings’ our children say ‘we’re going to die from’. Those band-aids are big business!
The Global pharmaceutical market will reach $1.12 trillion in 2012. – Pharmaceutical Commerce, Business Strategies for Bio/Pharma Success
Do pharmaceutical industries want you strong and well? Do they want you to understand your body and how it works? Do they want you to discover optimal well-being? Do the want you to pay attention to the side effects to their band-aids? Most of often the side effects are worse than the ‘something’ they are treating!
The Livestock, Tobacco, Pharmaceutical, and many others industries want business as usual. They have the power and money to guard their interest through the lobbying money they wave at our government. Industry keeps people working at such low wages they’re too tired and overworked to participate in governing. Let’s put their money in perspective:
For every one member of Congress, the influence industry produces about $12.5 million in lobbying. By comparison, the average 2012 budget for a member of the House of Representative’s office was only $1.3 million. So, in 2012—a presidential election year, in a down economy, during arguably the least productive Congress ever—“government relaters” accounted for more than nine times the typical House member’s official operating expenses.
Yes, the industry wants business as usual. They want to make sure they have our governments ear. Why would they listen to you or me? Our current governing is obsolete. It works well for a few, but not for the many.
There is a new model for governing. Governing for the well-being of our Planetary home and its inhabitants! Kate Raworth presents Doughnut Economy!
Happy Doughnut Economy trails!