Quality of life

My daughter, Marly, had her baby on Thursday after 40 hours of labor. He is a beautiful sight to see. I am handing out virtual cigars. Grab one before they are gone. Funny thing: He doesn’t look like an alien, Winston Churchill or a cone head, although I have to admit his head does stick a bit in the back, but that’s just extra room for his brain.

Statistics: a respectable eight pounds six ounces, 22 inches in length and his name – Osiris.  Osiris is the Egyptian god of the moon – these kids nowadays.

What will his life be like when he gets older; when he reaches the age of consent? What will be the state of our country, of our little burg, of the world? It’s a happy time but you can’t help thinking what his life will be like. If your glass is half-full you will think that his quality of life will be much better than ours. But if your glass is half-empty or someone has been drinking from it when you’re not looking, you may think that his life could be a combination of wars, unemployment and revolution.

I hope and pray that his life is utopian not dystopian. I have hopes that his life will be as easy as mine has been and that he wants for nothing and is as happy with a simple life as he is with a lot of things. What I want for him is a fantastic quality of life.

What would quality of life mean for little Osiris? First, his parents, Marly and Brandon, are good parents and love him, which I know is in the bucket. Second: his health, and the way he looks now, that shouldn’t be a problem. Third: is a roof over his head that he should want for nothing, laid back and loving.

That would be a good quality of life for little Siris, (his parents will no doubt drop the “O” and have already done so in casual conversation) to be loved and know it is the fuel that will get him from one place in this world to another.

The term “quality of life” gets tossed around too frequently and when used too much becomes meaningless. Quality of Life Vitamin Supplements; quality of life Cardiovascular, Cognitive, Digestive Health; Quality of Life Bookstore; healthcare in South Bend, Indiana; the Quality of Life Foundation helping those with nerve damage; American Top States for Business; top states listed for their quality of life are ranked by the factors including crime, health care, local attractions and environmental quality and happy state also a healthy state for business.
Virginia placed number five on CNBC’s Top States for Doing Business, based on competitiveness developed with input from business groups across the country. Oddly, Virginia scored only 18 out of 300 points for quality of life.

Cost of doing business, infrastructure and cost of living came in at 28, 21 and 20 respectively. South Dakota is at the top of the list with 48 for innovation and technology, access to loans 39 and education 30. Virginia ranked eight on education out of a possible 150 points. But let’s keep this in perspective. Think about the rural counties, the counties with the most poverty and the largest unemployment.

Having a job in a place where your family has grown is number one on the quality of life scale. But what bothers me is that the term is thrown around so much it doesn’t mean anything anymore. It seems as if government has hijacked the expression “quality of life” and throws it in whenever it tries to convince people that they are doing a good job.

Is quality of life really good water and sewer service, building permits and widening highways? To my way of thinking, schools make the quality of life cut, but cost of doing business does not.

You’ve heard me refer to the “The Popsicle Index.” It is a “quality of life measurement coined by Catherine Austin Fitts as the percentage of people - in a community who believe that a child in their community can safely leave his or her home, walk to the nearest possible location to buy a popsicle, and walk back home.”

In addition to having a place to actually put your feet without getting run over has a lot to do with Ms. Fitts measurement.

“The Popsicle Index is about how people feel. Our feelings are real. Our feelings and our thoughts invent our world. Our feelings determine how we vote with our money in the marketplace or with our ballot at the polls. Crime may be down, but any mother or father knows it takes twenty years to raise a child and all it takes is one incident for a child to lose their life, their peace of mind or their soul. Moreover, even when reported crime is absent, the Popsicle Index can still be very low. A lot of kids can die from cars driving through a community too fast because the roads are poorly designed and people don’t care much about each other. The absence of evil does not ensure the presence of love. Conscious love is what must be present continuously to raise healthy and safe children,” stated Ms. Fitts in an article on the website www.solari.com.

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