February 26th, 2011

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How to Price a Human Being

e_moon60 explains in great personal and practical detail the harm done by denying health care to people just because they "aren't worth it."  Her essay illustrates the evil that people do to each other by placing a price tag on a person's value as a human being and to society.

Just in case anyone was unclear on my stance:

Having a penis does not make you better than someone with a vagina.
Being married does not make you better than a single person.
Having children does not make you better than childless or childfree people.
Being white does not make you better than anyone darker.
Having money does not make you better than someone without it.
None of these things make you more deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness than any other human being.

And a society that subsists by ranking human beings in terms of their financial value is morally bankrupt, and had ought to be replaced by a culture that is actually worth living in.
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Reading the Wind

Terri Windling's syndicated feed has a delightful story about reading the scents in wind.  Go read it.

This is a gorgeous story. But I have to say ... I can read the wind. I can't read it as well as a dog, but much better than most humans. A lot of that is just plain practice: I've spent decades learning to read the wind with the nose that I have in this life. I know the smell of rain and snow and clear sunshine. I know the smell of plants beginning to grow in spring and ceasing to grow in autumn. I know the smell of a compost pile when it starts to work and when it is done working because it has become soil. I know the smell of cattle, swine, horses, skunks, bison, and many other animals. I can tell the difference between the smell of cherry blossoms, pear blossoms, crabapple blossoms. I can lean over food and taste it with my nose  nearly as well as with my tongue.

So I look at a story like this, and I'm not reading along with the human, I'm reading along with the dog.

The first of the Wind Stories is also online.  Golly gee whiz, that's why this lady is a mistress of mythology and folklore.