UPSTREAM / DOWNSTREAM

It was many years ago that villagers in Downstream recall spotting the first body in the river. Some old timers remember how Spartan were the facilities and procedures for managing that sort of thing. Sometimes, they say, it would take hours to pull 10 people from the river, and even then, only a few would survive.

Though the number of victims in the river has increased greatly in recent years, the good folks of Downstream have responded admirably to the challenge. Their rescue system is clearly second to none: most people discovered in the swirling waters are reached within twenty minutes, many in less than ten. Only a small number drown each day before help arrives – a big improvement from the way it used to be.

Talk to the people of Downstream and they’ll speak with pride about the new hospital by the edge of the waters, the flotilla of rescue boats ready for service at a moment’s notice, the comprehensive health plans for coordinating all the manpower involved, and the large number of highly trained and dedicated swimmers always ready to risk their lives to save victims from the raging currents. Sure it costs a lot but, say, the Downstreamers, what else can decent people do except provide whatever is necessary when human lives are at stake.

Oh, a few people in Downstream have raised the question now and again, but most folks show little interest in what’s happening Upstream. It seems there’s so much to do to help those in the river that nobody’s got time to check how all those bodies are getting there in the first place. That’s the way things are, sometimes.

Source | Donald B. ArdellHigh Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs, and Disease

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An adapted version by Mary Beth Kinney

It was many years ago that the villagers of Downstream recall spotting the first body in the river.

Some old timers remember how spartan were the facilities and procedures for managing that sort of thing. Sometimes, they say, it would take hours to pull 10 people from the river, and even then only a few would survive.

The number of victims has increased greatly in recent years. Yet, the good folks of Downstream have responded admirably to the challenge. Their rescue system is clearly second to none. Most people discovered in the swirling waters are reached within 10 minutes…many in less than 5 minutes. Only a small number drown each day before help arrives. A big improvement from the way it used to be.

Talk to the people of Downstream, and they’ll speak with pride about:

  • Their fleet of ambulances to race victims to the new hospital
  • Their communications control complex
  • Their flotilla of rescue boats ready for service at a moment’s notice
  • Their comprehensive health plan for coordinating all the manpower involved in the rescue system
  • The large number of highly trained and dedicated swimmers…always ready to risk their lives to save victims from the raging currents

Sure it costs a lot, but say the Downstreamers, “What else can decent people do except to provide whatever is necessary when human lives are at stake?” Oh, a few people in Downstream have raised the question now and again, but most folks show little interest in what’s happening Upstream. It seems there’s so much to do to help those in the river that nobody’s got time to check how those bodies are getting there in the first place. That’s the way things are sometimes.

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Is this mythical story perhaps a commentary on how we think and act sometimes?

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Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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