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February 20, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Universals. Matters.

Space cadets aside, how cool to hold hands and sing smilie songs. All together now. No matter the whether.

Universality is obvious. People have so much in common.

Dancing carrot. Frelich (1820-1908)/

Universally funny. Who couldn’t like a dancing carrot? (

All lives matter. A basic belief. Universal concept.

Oh? Well, not everywhere.

Some lives are more valuable that others some places. It depends on the society’s state, city, or neighborhoods, ruling class, religion, historical gender restrictions, political ambitions  culture.

Other than that, who couldn’t agree everyone is special? To be cherished. Valued.

All lives matter. Where’s the t-shirt for that?

Here. Sit by the fire. Have a toasted marshmallow.

Made just for you.

Careful, don’t get burned with that one.

Now let’s hold hands and chant together softly:

“All lives matter. Even poor misguided infidel Christians, battered spouses, the poor children, the hip hop, the Gypsies, the Jews, the simple-minded rednecks, the devout, the heretics, Muslims, American Indians, the young girls and boys forced into slavery even today, Tibet,  writers, cartoonists…..Do we have to include politicians?ALL of them? Oh, OK.”  

All lives matter. No exceptions.

(Yes, it is sticky dealing with toasted items. Fire is such a trial.)

Woman standing by  fire. Loki's wife.Northern Legends/Belgrave Hart.1920/ill./

Some like it hot. The fire, fool. For roasting marshmallows. You did bring the stakes, right? Oh? And pitchforks, too? (Theaker/

Sanctity of life. Naturally universal. Thought unifying all.

Everyone take deep confirming breaths and – Oh? No? Not all?

OK. Moving on. Respectful of diversity of thought. (That’s so universal, right?)

Nothing to see here.

Sharing is caring.

Show those organ donor cards with pride. Don’t take your organs to Heaven with you.

Organ donation is apparently a uniting universal element.

In the US campaigns raise awareness that donated organs are critical – a great last minute gift. An honor. Even Facebook encourages members to sign up and help others.

For recipients, it’s really a life or death matter.

Apparently, even ISIS understands there’s great need. “UN urged to investigate ISIS’ trade in human organs”(UK Daily Mail)

man holding head. Andersen."Les Habits Neufs du Grand-Duc".Bertal (1820-1882)/

Wait. They haven’t perfected head transplants yet. Not acceptable short cut for Medical School.(

Doctors are dodging everywhere.

Yet another thing in common! Although not a very healing thought.

In Mosul, a dozen doctors executed for refusing to participate in organ harvesting.

In China being a medical professional has become a nightmare. “Why China’s doctors are getting beat up.” (Time)

In Australia, verbal and physical attacks sometimes happen daily.

In the US recently doctors murdered in El Paso, and Boston. Apparently creditable threats and assaults to doctors are escalating and it’s becoming a national problem. Perhaps fueled by the media demonizing “rich, uncaring doctors”. While there’s always bad among the good (just like with law enforcement and countries) most doctors try to do what’s best for patients even if they are continually fighting the insurance companies and hospital policies for approval to do so. Few patients realize that now most doctors now are salaried hospital employees working for corporations (like school districts employ teachers, but docs don’t have a union). These doctors do not set fees or the bill amounts any more. Got a complaint about the bill? Take aim at the right target: hospital corporations and insurance companies, not doctors, please.

dragons. Polish Fairy Tales, 1920.Glinski/ill.Walton/

Universal nightmare. Could get sick over it. (1920/

Only thing certain in life: death and taxes. Now that’s universal.

(And they say the Middle East turns away from anything similar to the US. HA!)

Those living in the US pay all sorts of taxes. Without a whimper (a seen one, anyway). Of course actual legal US citizens pay more than those undocumented ones hiding in the shadows – but actual citizens pay gladly for all the benefits and privileges that come with US citizenship. Money is gladly forked over so that the less fortunate can be assisted, all children can get a shot at an education, and so scammers, criminals, and moochers can also share in the unearned by them bounty.

Since July, Iraqi Christians have also had the wonderful opportunity to pay taxes. “ISIS Tells Iraqi Christians: Convert, Pay ‘Jihad Tax” or Face Death” (Mosul.

Syrian Christian citizens of Raqqa were granted the opportunity to pay a tax of half an ounce of pure gold in exchange for safety in February.“Syria crisis: ISIS imposes rules on Christians in Raqqa” (BBC)

Now this is progress. Let’s all sing “It’s a Small World After All.”

How about some chocolate? Everyone loves chocolate. See? More in common.

A pile of fighting men. (Polish Fairy Tales.Glinski:ill.Walton, 1920/

Simply can’t resist joining in. Universal foible. (1920/

The concept of paying for protection is a traditional around the world.

The Mafia, assorted local thugs and gangs, Labor Unions and who could forget the school yard bullies of the US?

The Drug Cartels in Mexico. Yep. Expect to pay their price.

The historic “dhimma” in Muslim countries/Islamic societies, those who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a “jizya” of fee for protection. “Iraqi Christians flee after ISIS issues Mosel ultimatum.”(BBC)

 Obviously alike in so many ways. So much in common.

They wear sandals. We wear sandals.

They have kids going to sleep hungry. We have kids going to sleep hungry.

Everyone has teenagers.

They have teenagers that shoot guns. We have teenagers that shoot guns. (Only theirs go outside to shoot, and the ones in the US tend to go inside and shoot. But still, it’s so much the same.)

Young people here are to be encouraged to leave home and make their own way before parents get irritated.

There parents seem to have a vested interest in getting their kids out of the house and way way out of the neighborhood before a big blow up.

Elegant dancing couple (Fairy Tales of Perrault.1922:/Clarke/

Music is a universal language. Why not join the dance? Easier with the kids out of the house.(1922/Clarke/

So why so much discord when there’s so much universality?

Let’s have a group hug.

Raise happy voices in common song around the campy fires.

On the count of three: “This land is our land, this land….” Oh, right. That was written about the U.S. Sorry.

Wait! A little Kingston Trio tune: “The Merry Minuet”. Catchy tune. Short. Short is good. People are universally busy.

"Emperor's new clothes".Andersen's fairy tales/ill.Robinson:1913/

So the Emperor and his new clothes, would you tell him? Universal quandary. (Andersen/Robinson/1913/

People are universally something. Just look around.

United on one small planet under one big sky.

(Can we at least agree on that? No, Earth is not flat. Flat out, wrong.)

Trendy universality (Oddly feels very much like Backwards World),

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

(Often wondered though why broad sweeping concepts are called “universal” when they all originate from this planet. Doesn’t seem fair. To burden the Universe that way. Shouldn’t those be “Earthiversal”? The Universe might appreciate a bit of distance between us – especially these days.) 

Leaving Paradise. Anderson (1874-1930)Garden of Paradise: USPD. reprod of PD

Dreaming universal.(Anderson.1874-1930″Garden of Paradise”/USPD:


  1. Kate Crimmins / Feb 20 2015 1:54 pm

    Sigh! Too close to the truth.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 2:38 pm

      If there was a space ship close by, this probably planet wouldn’t be a tourist attraction right now – despite the beauty around.As the world turns, we’ll see.Thanks for spinning around a comment

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  2. Ally Bean / Feb 20 2015 2:18 pm

    So why so much discord when there’s so much universality?

    Because all the news outlets around the world pander to the negative human beings who enjoy judgement, problems, suffering and violence. If the news people focused on the good in the world, there’d be more good in the world… because that’s how you’d become noticed and subsequently, revered + powerful. Which is what, it seems to me, most people want.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 2:45 pm

      Art literature, and news/entertainment reflects their audiences’ desires. Commercial interests/sponsors demand ratings in order to push product, so media must attract attention. With all that perhaps the original intent to inform has gotten lost. Or people need to change focus as you suggest. With kids they always say to ignore the bad and acknowledge (not the same as praise) desired behavior – wonder if it would work on a large scale? Worth a try, what ever this is isn’t going in a positive direction. If only all parties would buy into that concept.Devil’s in the realistic details.
      Thanks for such a stellar comment.

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  3. Littlesundog / Feb 20 2015 2:49 pm

    Wow… Ally Bean hit the nail on the head. I am so disenchanted and disappointed in people today… our country… the world. It’s no wonder I just escape to the woodlands many days, to a quiet place where I can reflect on nature. Even nature can be cruel, but not in a conscious manner as humans deliberately and sometimes stupidly partake in.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 2:59 pm

      Nature is. Neutral. Not caring – not uncaring. Is. Maybe that simplicity, the all that matter is what’s here and now – maybe that’s what draws people. A reminder of perspective. Anytime there’s people involved, it get complicated as they “fix” and “explain” and build societies.
      Dust in the wind. All things in their own time. Seasons. Can’t do much about the gigantic, but a little corner of the world? Can tend to that. And you are doing that quite well. Thanks for wandering through the pits to add a thoughtful comment

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Feb 20 2015 6:16 pm

    Wonderful post. In terms of the bit about doctors, your statement here is so true: “Few patients realize that now most doctors now are salaried hospital employees working for corporations.” All of my positions have been as a salaried employee. I like that in the sense I don’t have to fiddle with the business side. But it does often tie our hands in terms of people’s bills and such. The best I could do was write letters on behalf of the patient.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 6:35 pm

      The paperwork and record keeping is simply too much and too complex now. I am rather annoyed at a series on a local channel where this woman is outraged at her doctor and hospital because she has insurance, but owes money( not unreasonalble amount considering) after the birth of her child – even though her doc and her hospital is “in network”. Calling her doc/all that treated her “thieves” and criminals. Of course she doesn’t recognize that she had to have an emergency C section and there were complications. Some of the ER staff. anesthesia/specialists weren’t in network and she is outrage she got bills from them at all. 1. Lady, you and your kid were at risk. Do you really want everyone to stop and say “are you in network?” Do you really want everything to stop until the in network people drive in, gown up,and get up to speed while you lay there needing care? 2. People have been so mislead about health care system. Unreal expectations. 3.And now the media seem to encourage this sort of demonizing of doctors for a story. It’s infuriating every time there’s an attitude that doc are rich, greedy, spoiled, and selfishly “running up the bills”.
      Recently we got explanation of a procedure’s coverage…one doc was paid $1.50 for services. They wrote a check to him for $1.50. Minimum wage is what now? We called and complained about their not paying docs reasonable fees, but you know how far that went. Corporations are running healthcare now.
      No wonder docs are refusing new patients. It will only get worse unless something is done.
      The general public doesn’t have a clue of the reality. (I will sit down and be quiet now…for a bit…)
      Smiling! Thanks for adding some valuable insight.


      • Carrie Rubin / Feb 20 2015 7:27 pm

        I feel your frustration. Just goes to show how complex our healthcare system is. Little transparency, so much redundancy, disjointed networks. It will take a lot to fix. I wonder if we’ll ever get there.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 8:03 pm

          Life has been easy and comfortable here. Until something directly effects an individual, most just ignore or don’t pay attention to what is going on. It will get better, but it’s going to get much worse first, I fear. Do what we can when we can. Thanks for squeaking along

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  5. rumpydog / Feb 20 2015 6:59 pm

    But we don’t REALLY believe life is sacred, do we? We believe that white, middle class life is sacred, especially if it’s a cute, young girl’s life. But we’ve turned a blind eye to all sorts of killings in the US and around the world. Had it coming to ’em. We only care when there’s something in it for us.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 8:00 pm

      People reflect what they have experienced. The more diverse the community/existence, the broader the views and actions. Two Eathiversal truths.
      (Sanctity of life, as noted, is not really a “universal concept” as some philosophies/ value systems/religions/faiths see individual’s/living things’ worthy differently – which understandably causes clashes from time to time. But in a diverse society, differences must be respected and accepted, right?)
      Not everyone turns a blind eye. Some are willing to tell the emperor despite the costs. You, yourself, do good – and it’s not for any great rewards.There are others, too. Those that stay silent, send approval. “Oh, too difficult…just one small voice.” Nonsense.
      Thanks for adding to the tune. (Do hope there’s sun and not chilly there as the weather map showed. Bark on Rumpy!)

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  6. EllaDee / Feb 21 2015 5:21 am

    I felt a little shift in the time space continuum as I read this post… I was back in riding in Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom to the tune It’s a Small World… after all. The world wide web has opened up what was once segregated… not always good. That story about ISIS beheading people then selling their organs was simply atrocious… literally. The Australian Doctors article highlights a program that is tackling alcohol issues including lockouts of problem suburbs. The good thing is with more universality and information sharing, there are less places to hide.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 21 2015 3:51 pm

      Those little flying Dumbo cars! Big ears and seated flying through space without any way to change direction. Who knew that was such like life?
      As you say, the web has unfolded the world and jammed it into small spaces. While it’s obvious humans much in common, the instant web also show there are regional/country variables of each “universality”/commonness – alike but very different with motivations, thought processes, accepted behavior, and beliefs. When foundation ideas clash, the “closeness” of the web intensifies the conflicts. This “alike but different” must be recognized and seriously acknowledged before any compromises or “ways of getting along” manage to emerge. In a world where so many demand “its’ my way or the highway”, resolution will not be easy – just like a marriage where only one person is trying and giving 75-99% compromise because the other won’t adjust expectations or attitude.
      Pretending all can get along (if only one side tries harder, does better, gives in more, hands over all the money) may not be wise. Ignoring actual facts and information is foolish. Ignorance is not bliss. Truth may not always set you free, but it gives you a fighting chance once you know what you are dealing with. (And I was really surprised at the Australian doctors situations…could be just about any ER in big cities, Mardi Gras areas, or areas well known for meth labs. At least Australia is being proactive about it.)
      Thanks for riding along and adding a tune to the comments


  7. jannatwrites / Feb 23 2015 4:47 am

    About doctors – I’ve never thought of them as overly compensated. They work long hours, with lots of stress (life or death – hello!) I couldn’t do that job. It would be nice if all life was valued. I don’t watch the news often, but I made the mistake of watching it today and it’s sad how many people are being persecuted (executed) by others who believe differently.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 23 2015 1:38 pm

      Under current systems and with the doc shortage, most doctors have a very hard life. In addition, always being on call and available for patients who are being treated in the hospital means staying within 20-30 min drive from hospitals and keeping the phone and answering it at all times makes ordinary family life complex and difficult. We are lucky anyone wants to be a doctor.
      I turn off TV/radio during election times. But recently turned it off again as it’s not news any more, it’s magazine reporting, badly pronounced wording/poor grammatical structure/2nd grade vocabulary, sensationalism, ambulance chasing, and reports that seemed to be designed to enrage one group agains the other (and people do a pretty good job of that on their own without media/political prodding) Bubbling fountains. Tabletop bubbling fountains. Good substitute (and the sounds don’t intrude as you read on line) Thanks for shaking your head with the group.


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