LETTER: Healthy body politic

Crises have a way of laying bare some home truths.

Reality is real and can’t be spun.

We’re animals, tied to all other living things and the earth, in a complex web beyond our full comprehension.

If we don’t support this web, it won’t support us.

Animal-borne disease, for example, is directly related to habitat encroachment and climate change.

We’re also social animals, inextricably tied to one another.

United we stand, divided we fall.

It’s no good for anyone’s long-term welfare when a huge chunk of society is sick, hungry, unsheltered, broke or on the edge.

Thanks to science, we increasingly understand these natural and social webs and can reasonably predict circumstances that will put us all in peril.

Governments are instituted among people to help secure our lives, liberty, and general welfare.

With the help of science, governments can better promote the general welfare by getting ahead of problems before they overwhelm us.

A few billion in prevention is worth a few trillion in cure.

There will always be people who try to manipulate the tools of power for their own short-term gain.

A healthy body politic stops these bad actors.

On a larger scale, our current world economic system, dependent as it is on cheap imports, exploited labor, just-in-time supply chains, and environmental destruction, shows itself increasingly as fragile, unjust, and unsustainable.

A healthy body politic manages risk for the good of all.

Ed Chadd

Port Angeles

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