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Saturday, December 24, 2011
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I recently read an ancient Hindu parable regarding a salt doll and the sea, and it made me think about the late Steve Jobs. I can’t say that I was a big Jobs fan; I never bought anything made by Apple, as I don’t like “slick” technology. I like the honestly clunky stuff where you can see or hear the gears grinding or digits mashing together — everything that Jobs and Apple stood against. Jobs was not an inspiration to me, as he was more of a hippie-artist turned high-tech businessman than a true geek at heart.

But I read a recounting of Jobs’ final minutes, and was impressed by the fact that he was still awake and aware enough as his life was slipping away to utter a few last words. Very simple words — simply “oh wow”. Perhaps he was achieving some form of enlightenment.

Maybe like the salt doll. In a nutshell, the salt doll is alive and conscious like us, and is on a journey to seek knowledge and wisdom. Most of that journey was over dry land, but the salt doll finally reached the sea. A talking sea, no less. The salt doll asks the sea, “who are you, what are you all about”? The sea sez, I just am, if you want to understand you have to touch me.

A doll made of salt touching the sea? Danger, danger, Will Robinson! But this doll took the chance, and predictably was amputated by dissolution. But the doll did understand better. So the sea said, if you want to fully understand, take the plunge. I guess this doll had nothing left to lose after disfigurement by wisdom, so it jumped right in. And in the last seconds before it disappeared, it was heard to say “I understand — I am”.

Was that what Jobs was saying on his deathbed? Guess we will never know — until it’s our turn to take the plunge.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 1:43 pm      

  1. Jim, Once again, a scholarly and thorough explanation of a Medicare proposal.

    A couple/three comments: First: You mention that “in the short run” vouchers would work “if a new type of health care organization emerges”. I think the big problem is the “IF” in that sentence. A new health care organization emerging from that particular proposal I think is probably much like the famous (in Illinois) tollway tax that was supposed to have lasted until only the building of the tollways were paid for. That was who know how many decades ago. Trying to get a tax that is currently in operation repealed is close to an impossibility–and so would (at least as I see it) a “new health care organization” emerging from any such plan. Probably never would happen.

    Second: You mention that people will budget for co-pays. Well, I’ve been surprised in my lifetime to realize that there are few people who actually “budget” for things. Most people just spend their money. I learned budgeting for things from my mother during the 1930s depression. The people who grew up in the “boom time” seldom budget–at least to my observation of how the “younger” generations work.

    Lastly, a point I continue to go back to: Years ago, before the Reagan administration, I think it was, social security had a very large amount of money stocked up, gaining interest, paying for the Medicare bills very nicely, thank you. Yes, I do realize the baby boomers had not come into dipping into Medicare at that time. Then (again I plead old age in forgetting the precise details) something came along that Congress/Reagan wanted to pay for. They looked around for money to pay for it…Oh, there’s a big pile of money, just sitting there, gaining interest, paying medical bills for Medicare. Let’s dip into that. (Much like saying about one’s pension fund: Why not use all that money just sitting there gaining interest, paying for pensions for people; we’ll make it up somehow.) Well, they have/did dipped/dip into that Medicare fund to the point where they used the entire thing up, and now we are in the sinking boat we are in.

    It seems to me that the gov’t (and I realize this is an impossible requrest/tho’t on my part) should follow what is often recommended to the “little guy” who is too deeply in debt: First, pay yourself; that is, save some money. Set aside a little “pot” and each month put some in it; you’ll be surprised how soon it accumulates.

    If the gov’t decided (no matter how deeply in debt we are) to “first, pay itself” for Medicare; I would think that much sooner than one would think, a “pot of money” would accumulate that would eventually pay for Medicare as it used to.

    However, with Congress having the same mentality as much of the rest of the country–spend the money you have on all the newest trinkets and forget about “paying yourself”–I doubt it would be able to just watch money accumulate (and accrue interest–and I also realize in today’s world that waiting for interest to “accumulte” is a lost cause) to be used at a later date for paying Medicare bills. However, if Congress paid itself first for Medicare, it would be surprising how soon money would accumulate in such a fund to pay the bills for future generations.

    It seems to me that Congress and the government in general suffers from the same malady that most of the rest of the ordinary people suffer from, i.e., why save money when you can have the latest, newest technology at our finger tips?

    And a last note: Merry Christmas to you. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — December 24, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

  2. Jim, Obviously, I wasn’t paying close enuf attention as I posted the above comment here which should really be for the previous blog. I plead old age. Sorry. Yet in my own defense, I am sure I referred back to the original blog while I was writing my comment. Well, it’s either old age or an electronic glitch. Does it matter? I think not.

    Now to Steve Jobs: I have heard from those who have read his biography that he lived a somewhat “mixed” life–by that I mean his concentration was on so much of what all he was inventing in his life (surely a creative side that just burst forth from the shear force of it in him) yet he held many grudges till the end of his life. Which comments led me to think of what I noticed some 25+ years ago: I bought one of the early Apple word processing computers that came out when computering was still mostly word processing. I loved the word processing system Apple had. Later on, over the years, it seemed to me that Microsoft had simply stolen Apple’s original ideas in word processing (who is to say what they might have done in other areas I have no clue, but I found myself wondering), changed them for the worse, and presented them as their original ideas.

    As to the “Oh wow”: I’d tend to think it was likely more his seeing the opening door to the next life.

    One thing I do not think we realize (often enough?) is that we can approach that “door” to the next life in our dreams. I think that next life is closer than we tend to think.

    Well, I hope for Steve Jobs that in the end he found that it didn’t matter how much was stolen from him. It became a “who cares?” to him.

    And Merry Christmas. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — December 25, 2011 @ 11:52 am

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