What Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick misses so, so badly in his 'let's get back to work' pledge | Analysis

First and foremost, to agree with Patrick, you have to be willing to put a price on human life, writes Chris Cillizza | Analysis



What are the odds the people who think this way are also anti abortion because “every life is sacred”? Truth is some hard decisions will have to be made, medical triage in a disaster situation is a needed tool to use resources wisely to save the most lives. Those who are elderly and in poor health may not survive despite respirators, and if they do survive, some may end up not be able to be weaned, making them spend the rest of their lives on respirators (which is miserable). This (triage) is different than saying making money is more important than savings lives, as this governor is.

“Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay post or grinding stones.

But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.

“A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has arrived the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts”, Mead said.

We are at our best when we serve others. Be civilized. ~~ Ira Byock