One day, my daughter Sonia made this evaluation of a TV character...
“Hacker has a problem with himself.”
“What’s his problem?” I said.
“Well, he’s always planning things and they don’t work out, and he never has a Plan B!”
I laughed and laughed when she said that. Later, I thought, “Hacker’s personal problem is our societal problem — especially in relation to this cancer question. With one in three Americans getting cancer, and with less than 10% of cases being hereditary, we’re up against a wall. And we seem to lack a viable Plan B.”
It’s not for lack of trying, as Steingraber (Living Downstream) notes in the parable she uses to open her book…
There was a village by a river that noticed an increase in drowning persons floating by. In the villagers’ heroic compassion, they developed more elaborate ways to try to rescue and treat these people. But they neglected to look upstream to see who was pushing the victims into the water.
The villagers needed a Plan B. And so, says Steingraber, do we. More on this in a future post.
"Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask…where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16
Woman at the wall photo Stefani M. Rossi Used with permission.