January 31, 2012

Price of medication

While sitting in class, hearing the calming sounds of the professor voice as I tuned her out, my attention was jarred by a new sound of pills --- You know that distinctive sound of pills rolling around in that small orange bottle.

Immediately, I was intrigued because the young man preparing to take these pills looked like a strapping young fellow and I was ever so interested to know what he needed medication for.  Since I couldn't ask, I decided to amuse myself by watching him because obviously I still was not paying attention to the lecture.  The young man proceeded to make a considerable amount of noise with his pill  bottle, to the point where I was surprised more people were not watching him.  But unfortunately, I proved to be the only noisy person in class.

After he had finally shaken free one pill and his pill bottle was secured in his backpack he went to fiddle with a Mountain Dew bottle.  Now if your thinking what I was thinking, then yes, I also thought Mountain Dew was a strange choice of liquid to take with medicine.  I really couldn't judge because Mountain Dew just so happens to be one of my favorite beverages, however, for medicine I would have chosen water or in some cases fruit juice.  But as I said, I was not judging...

While unscrewing his Mountain Dew soda bottle he accidentally managed to drop his pill.  From my seat I could not clearly see where the pill had dropped but I continued to watch.  I then observed him check his pants, scoot back in his chair, check the floor and bend over to retrieve something from the ground... In my assumption, it was his pill.

Now being that this was my number one entertainment for the hour, I was all to intrigued to know what was going to happen next.  Was he going to go through the whole loud production of shaking out one more pill, or was he going to be done with pill taking ordeal for the time being, or... was he going to eat it...  I watched in anticipation.

He took a moment to situate himself and then there was a pause.  During his pause I momentarily looked away just in case by some off chance he looked at me I wouldn't be caught me starring.  Then, it happened.  My peripheral vision caught him raise his hand to his mouth.  Now with my eyes trained in anticipation I witnessed him inconspicuously hover his hand with the pill by his mouth, then, he ate it and chased it down with his Mountain Dew.

At this point I was completely disgusted and started to judge him- slightly.  What grown person still eats of the floor?  Please people, that is only for kids because they don't know any better. Grown people should do better strictly because they know better.  But in the height of my disgust, I  had a flashback to when I accidentally dropped my iphone in a public toilet... Before this unfortunate event I would have hastily said there is never any reason, under no circumstances, to stick your hand in a toilet.  However, when my phone slipped from my back pocket into the toilet bowl it was almost instinctual to stick my hand in the toilet as I did without a second thought. It was only after I had safely retrieved my iphone that my natural germaphobic characteristics resurfaced.  When it was all said and done, I didn't quite know if I felt disgusted with myself especially since my iphone survived the ordeal due to my lightning speed hands.

My driving motivation was the fact that I did not have money to replace my iphone due to water (toilet) damage.  Thus it caused me to do things uncharacteristic of me (i.e. touching any part of a public toilet). With this in mind, I started to wonder... Was it right to judge this man for eating his medication off the floor.  Either he is really nasty or there is a driving motivation for him to do so.   Since I would like to think the best of people, I believe the latter. But seriously, my honest question is: What is the price of medication?

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January 19, 2012

The biggest platform will be heard

Early yesterday morning- as some call it the wee hours of the morn- I was up trying to get some work done before I retired to bed.  I happened to wonder on to Google (my favorite search engine) and was confronted with this:

Now... one of the reasons I love Google is because they find the most creative things to do with their logo. I have been known, all to many times, to click the Google image to see what it currently represents.  Or, as I did this past Christmas, spend more time than normal playing with the button notes under the interactive image  (see image below, do you remember this one), embarrassing, but true.

Ok, back to post...

As I stared at the blacked out Google, I thought it was strange.  When redirected to the petition page: End Piracy, Not Liberty, honestly I didn't even take the time to read it.  I just kept it moving because, after all I just wanted to know why they blocked out the Google logo, at present I was satisfied with my vague understanding.  I was past tired, thus I preceded to use my favorite search engine so I could hurry off to sleep.  When I woke up later that day, I found out to my HORROR wiki went dark.

If I wasn't paying attention before, I was now. What was going on here! Google now Wiki!  Wiki, is like my ultimate favorite site.  More than half the time when I get on my favorite search engine it leads me to my favorite site, wiki.  How was I going to make it through the day without wiki. At the time I didn't know but alas the day is over and I am here. But it got me thinking...

Those with the biggest platform, can be heard.

Before yesterday I had no idea about the bills Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or that my Internet access could be censored. But I started learning a little more about it as the day progressed.  Can you image how many people signed that petition yesterday, or called their representative or congressman? Can you imagine the change that could have taken place yesterday because someone had the platform and the resources to do raise awareness.

In my opinion, for wiki and other sites, these bills hit close to home. So because they had the appropriate resources and most importantly a platform to be heard, they went about doing something.  They made people aware and further more care.  Care to do something.  Its got to make you think, how many bills are passed before you are aware or before you can raise awareness?  On the issues that may matter and most always affect the common man, why are we as a whole not more aware?

I will never feign to be a political person or pretend that I completely understand our democratic system.  But none the less, I do know when legislation is being made on my behalf I should do more in lieu of awareness or at least I will say in 2012 I  can try. We should be more invested in making changes with issues we are most concerned with. Though I may not have a big platform if I, one, do something to implement change and you do two, we can do things as Wiki put it- extraordinary.

From Wiki's Thank You

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