A guest post written by Susan Spears
Article originally posted September 29, 2011
Ever hear that phrase, “variety is the spice of life?” While I was driving home the other day I got to thinking about variety and by extension, choice. It’s amazing what avenues your mind will travel when you let it. First I noticed how many types of cars there are. We may have started with just one type of Ford when cars were invented, but the wide array of choices available today shows where our imaginations and industry can take us. Then I was admiring the different styles of homes that I was passing by. Sure – lots of stucco – but also brick, wood, and stone. Then I started thinking about almost the infinite variety of things that have variety – books, clothes, professions, landscaping, colors – and the list goes on! Try it. It’s actually a fun exercise.
But my point is that we as a people thrive on this variety to give us expression and to stimulate and excite us. If not, we would be like the Borg on Star Trek, where we’re assimilated into a society of uniformity. Or we would be like the people on Camazotz in A Wrinkle in Time, where everyone is controlled by one brain named It. I’m sure there are many more stories out there about conformity and reduction in choices and freedom. Why? Because they are cautionary tales. And we don’t want to lose our individuality.
And that idea brings me back to my musings while driving. I am extremely grateful for the infinite variety of variety. But I also see an area that could use some variety and choice. That area is in health care. Not everyone uses the medical model for their health care needs. But in terms of health care reform, spiritual care, which is my health care of choice, is not included.
Let’s keep this choice available for those who would like to use it.