Another policeman is killed, evil is real

Are we in an age of enlightenment? Are you enlightened? Are we modern, progressive or otherwise advanced over out past?

Is a policeman’s execution upsetting to your daily life? A Houston officer was shot and killed because he was in uniform. Hatred by some killed him, could you be next? Where do you or your family members gas up?

What do you think?

I suppose it makes sense that we’re more modern than centuries past. What with apps, science, technology and advanced university reasoning abilities one might expect by now hatred as a social ill would have been fixed.

How is it that we can’t even feel safe then?

Deputy Darren Goforth is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's office, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Harris County Texas/Handout via Reuters
Deputy Darren Goforth is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s office, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Harris County Texas/Handout via Reuters

Today’s news is unsettling, police executions in NY and yesterday in Houston.

“Hickman linked the shooting to anti-police rhetoric following protests against deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white officers. Goforth was white, the suspect is black.”

Reuters, Sun August 30th, 2015, Houston police officer killed because of uniform: county sheriff

Isn’t the greatest social evil, evil itself?

Evil is a human condition, it exists and everyone knows it. But, no one talks about it. How can we fight evil if we won’t discuss it. Is that what you’d call enlightened?

How’s this happen? It happens in many ways, but here’s an example, a 2014 book about society and teachers discusses as much philosophy as teaching. It reduces religion by not even discusing it. And, likewise the word evil is not even present in the book at all. It is precisely, this kind of writing and teaching that has left us in our present predicament.

How is it that a youth of any age would understand right from wrong if it’s not taught. If they are educated by those who would not discuss evil when informing the “Re-schooling of society, how is it we would expect any youth to understand they shouldn’t shoot police?

re-schooling society

George Soros’ actions are evil.

The shootings are paid for and instigated by the real evil doer. George Soros, a liberal, well funded individual is funding unrest and police shootings. They can say otherwise, but there’s plenty of proof. He’s done evil and is promoting it. Follow the money?

There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. … it’s liberal billionaire George Soros, who has built a business empire that dominates across the ocean in Europe while forging a political machine powered by nonprofit foundations that impacts American politics and policy, not unlike what he did with

“Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society,” said Kenneth Zimmerman, director of Mr. SorosOpen Society Foundations’ U.S. programs, in an interview with The Washington Times. “Helping groups combine policy, research [and] data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.”

The Washington Times – Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Kelly Riddell

Politics of money is more effective than the political right or left ever will be.

Quit arguing about which party you belong to. It’s irrelevant.

Where did this evil come from? I’d point to the age of enlightenment. Here’s a quote from a thought leader in 1784 (well quoted even to this day) on the subject of enlightenment.

The motto of enlightenment is to “have courage to use your own understanding!”

“Thus a public can only attain enlightenment slowly. Perhaps a revolution can overthrow autocratic despotism and profiteering or power-grabbing oppression, but it can never truly reform a manner of thinking; instead, new prejudices, just like the old ones they replace, will serve as a leash for the great unthinking mass.”

I. Kant, Konigsberg in Prussia, 30 September 1784

My shortened version is the push away from the church. The Catholic church always points to the human condition, including human evils. In this age of enlightenment the church is replaced by a self centered view of the world. “Have courage to use your own understanding.” This trend continues today, Kant the author quoted and many today would say this has been occurring since 1000 ad.

It is indeed a miracle the church is still here to guide us, to point to human error. I see it neatly and tidy, evil is combatted by human virtue. To exert your own will to be virtuous is to call upon something greater than yourself to avoid evil. Our human condition is to know each of us can be evil and that it takes courage to combat our own evils.

Writers today, media, schools, politicians and generally our leaders avoid calling evil what it is, human nature. As long as we won’t admit to evils existence we won’t begin to fix the police shootings. And, likewise, we’ll continue to be consumed by our own enlightened ignorance.

Nearly 1800 years ago this quote came to us from a commentary on Matthew 11.14-15 homily by Origen of Alexandria. Yes, the church has taught evil to be real.

“These things are what ‘defiles the person’ when they come out from the heart and, after they have gone out from it, go through the mouth. Thus if they did not occur outside of the heart but were held by the person somewhere around the heart, not being allowed to be spoken through the mouth, they would very quickly disappear and the person would not be defiled any longer. Therefore the source and beginning of every sin is ‘evil reasonings.’ For if these reasonings did not prevail, there would be neither murders nor acts of adultery nor any other of such things. Because of this each one ought to keep one’s own heart with all watchfulness. (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON MATTHEW 11.14–15)

Origen of Alexandria, 185-254 A.D.; 2015 Servants of the Word, source:, author Don Schwager;

Love the sinner, hate the sin. Today’s readings tee’d this up for a thoughtful conversation.

“From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”

Reading for today, August 30th, 2015 Mark 7:12-23

I’m open to any discussion about any of the virtues; Faith, Hope, Love, Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance.

About Don

Personal story of sickness in 2009, not just from the economy, but my health was bad. I saw a homeopathic doctor at the urging of my cousin. I went, had skepticism, but needed help. Desperate to do something different than I was being told, I changed my ways and lost weight through exercise and changing my diet. When I told my personal physician that I lost more than 15 lbs, he reacted to my now lower cholesterol, stating I wouldn’t need lipitor or its generic. For the previous many years, I had never been told that clearly that losing weight equals no meds. Maybe it’s me but that started the beginning of a lot of questions.

Then, the family and I traveled to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Paris and London and enjoyed 32 days mucking about in Europe. Very nice, but with my illness I continued to have urgent bathroom needs. I joked with my kids that I’d need a bathroom at the ready in case I had a “reaction” to any food. Not once did I have a reaction. Why? What was so different that I could spend a month, 32 days in Europe without one interruption to my day? This really got me to wondering about our food supply, our method of educating people about diet and what diet really meant.

We are what we eat makes sense, but to see it in a country, and to compare to our own costs and obvious problems – our healthcare system is an oxymoron, it’s the greatest medical care system but not the greatest at health.

Does it make sense that everyone sees this but our medical community? Or, do they? Since my illness, a MPH helped me explore through research and meetings, how doctors felt about these same issues. In these meetings, I routinely asked doctors about their feeling about nutrition, diet, drugs, education and other topics pertaining to health. Without exception, these doctors mostly felt locked into the current system, there is no alternative for them. No matter where they practice they are locked into the same rubric, planned, evidence based medicine.

About Don

So, who am I, and why are you listening to me?

My first day in healthcare was July 7th, 1986. I was hired as a new college grad and reported to a senior executive at BCBSM, he was my mentor. He was a former teacher and like a teacher gave me instruction. He said to me, “never forget that the health care business is common sense.” I’ve never forgotten this and so, here I am 30 years later telling you that you should wade into the waters and push buttons on this is how it’s always been done.

Well, it’s time for common, or as Mitch Albom says, not so common sense.

Ask questions, do what owners do, don’t take no for an answer and let common sense guide you. Owners have more common sense than most people so I’d expect you can adopt my first boss’ instructions and if you need help pushing, or getting your way and you think you’re getting bad answers as you push through the no’s – call me. It’s now my personal passion to motivate and accelerate meaningful change. Not just for you as an owner, but for all those employees who are stuck, all those docs who are stuck. I see a bright American future for healthcare, but it won’t be bright without owners making a push, together.

Join me, I’m all in if you are. Don’t settle for the ridiculous healthcare system we have now. You’ll see the ridiculous as we talk in these coming slides, let these be the reasons that tell you anything is possible.

Key Areas of Clinical Waste

Still not convinced? You’ve engaged employees, they have a stake three times in this game. Once for their share of premium, then their copays then finally, their actual physical health. We are living a mess because you’ve not stood up and done something.

Look, even your employees are saying, “we can see there’s a problem with the system.” 73 percent of employees have been saying increased demand by patients drives up costs. 66 percent of employees say overused diagnostic testing drives up costs. 65 percent of employees say that they have received excessive treatment.

This is all excess. Everyone agrees that there is waste in healthcare spending, now the problem comes with identifying what that waste is. Health industry leaders focus on what they can control, which is eliminating waste in their own organization, but because of the nature of the healthcare industry, these efforts become counter-productive very quickly. To address the waste that the consumers are seeing, industry leaders, policymakers, and consumers must work together on their goals and incentives to address the waste that affects us all.

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It’s no shock to many that insurance premiums have increased in the past several years. When is enough enough, when are you finally going to say, you’ve had enough? Now? Later? You’ve all been complaining about the increases, and BenStaff is offering a solution that’s not easy, but incredibly real and robust.

Everyone in the industry is asking that question, it’s the reason no one has an answer, it’s the reason, absent any direction, we’re going to get government run health care that none of us will want.

Under government run healthcare, you will have rationing, maybe not for you as an owner, you’ll find yours with private pay doctors. Your friends and relatives and you will be subject to inferior health care because it’s not about the money! It’s about the process, that’s what has our “system stuck”.

I’ll show you in a short period of alternatives, some requiring public policy changes, yes, we have to engage in politics to change our course. Yes, you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and begin to adopt new strategies for your employees. Dropping coverage and moving to 100% Obamacare will look attractive today, we’re helping employers today shop the government market, there’s a 15% relative value increase to do that, but there’s a net savings to employers. This is only temporary relief not permanent.

If all of this frustrates you, contact us today and let us help you make the most of your healthcare plan.