TaN: The reasons why there is so many different plants that can serve as our food are: (1) we will not get “bored” with eating the same food all the time (like animals); (2) different food plants grow (or thrive) at different times of the year (so we do not “get stuck” with the same food, as in reason #1); (3) variety is key to keeping us healthy (because different foods are designed or intended to address different health issues to keep us healthy); and, (4) it is nature’s — i.e., God’s — design to ensure a destructive pathogen does not wipe out a significant segment of creation which can and will cause a domino effect or chain reaction towards complete obliteration of all life.
We may likewise consider the variety of food plants to be options or alternatives in case some of us may be allergic or may not take to a particular food plant but need the nutrients the latter contains or just plain have different preferences and taste. Variety is the key to the delicate and sensitive equilibrium of all life.
TaN: It is not important (but it helps) to be important; what is important is to be useful…to be of service to others. Sure, when one is useful one (rightfully) feels important but that should not go to his/her head. It is good to remember that when we are able to be of assistance to others, there is a good feeling that overwhelms us that no amount of money can buy or praise can uplift, but only if the assistance is done out of kindness (and mercy but not pity).
When we consider the legacy video of the late Carl Sagan, The Pale Blue Dot, that our planet does not even merit a speck of dust in the vastness of the universe and yet numerous megalomaniacs vainly attempt to make a name or leave a mark for themselves by shedding countless innocent lives and rivers of blood, amassing (universally insignificant quantities of) wealth, erecting infantile, egotistical and self-aggrandizing statues and structures, and rewriting history (by burning books and literally ordering their version of history and even slaughtering scribes and historians to ensure complete obliteration of recorded history and dictate a new version).
Taken in this context, we are much much less than insignificant in the scheme of things in the universe so how important does that make us. Nothing we, not even with all the nuclear devices and power plants and nuclear materials put together, can we come close to what our sun puts out in energy and power in a second and our sun does not even quality as among the more noticeable star in our galaxy, much less the universe.
Come on, let us just concentrate on being kind and helpful and merciful and respectful and mindful of others than waste our (life) time and effort to be some important infinitesimal minuscule dot in the universe. At the end of it all, it is all that really matters — nothing else. Precisely the message and lessons of Jesus Christ.
TaN: Everyday, in the aspect of health and disease, more and more cures and treatments are coming out but nothing about prevention. And all this while, I thought prevention is preferable — as in the saying: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The reason that I can see is that there is money in reactive (or cure and treatments) than in proactive or prevention. I guess it is still all about the money, regardless of what is being said about how wonderful or effective the cure or treatment is and of how “concerned” they are about your medical/psychological condition.
Oh sure, there are those who even go to the extent of providing you with free information as to how to go about curing or treating yourself but there will always be a catch. As they say, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch and you don’t get something for nothing.
However, the blame cannot completely be on the provider or “physician”. The patient oftentimes is just as guilty. Many have the impression that a price guarantees results. After all, since one has paid for something, if anything goes wrong or does happen as promised, one can always sue, complain, or find some form of redress. The principle is that there is (re)course if it is free.
But then, one forgets the saying, the best things in life are free. It is the wants — our wants or what we perceive or have been convinced as needs — that are not. We have been fooled into doing things or behaving in a manner, a lifestyle that is detrimental to us — our health, our finances, our being — that is consumerism and hedonism and narcissism. And this is the root of our problems but no one is focusing on prevention and nobody is telling us, while other times we just plain simply do not want to listen ad heed words of wisdom and chose the path to our problems.
So, in the end, it still boils down to the same old bottom line: (financial or monetary) profit. The true (and lasting) solution is to teach people how to not get into the predicament in the first place — prevention — and let those who will not listen bear the consequences. Let them wallow in their misery. They have been told and yet they persist or insist on the path to misery and suffering. As they say, they have made their bed, now they have to lie in it.