A81D3E8A-6396-454F-8A19-430D8F126432“Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬


My friend in the insurance industry and I discussed the relatively recent emphasis on compliance in our respective businesses and concluded that all the associated added expenses of mandated compliance have added virtually nothing to society except excess costs. Certainly I have seen so much government regulation in healthcare that is just ridiculous, another byproduct of too many lawyers. We allow non-medical people to decide what is “good” medicine, which always requires excessive documentation, documenting what I call ”e-garbage”, instead of medically relevant facts. And I can’t imagine how we plan to save years of electronic health records, since computers have made it so easy to generate volumes and volumes of senseless information. Of course, the electronic health records are astronomically expensive and have accounted for an increase in medical error deaths. Finally, while we have compliance departments that make sure we practice “good” medicine, we have far too few “hands on” patient care staff. Literally patients can bleed to death without anyone noticing while in a hospital intensive care unit, while the hospital is being compliant.


6A432AC9-DC2A-4464-86F7-0BA289F39171Honorable: worthy of honor:

morally correct, honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, full of integrity, decent, respected, respectable, venerable, virtuous, good, upstanding, upright, worthy, noble, high-principled, fair, just, truthful, trustworthy, trusty, law-abiding, incorruptible, reliable, reputable, dependable, faithful, illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, admirable, glorious, prestigious, noble, notable, creditable, renowned, esteemed
During President Bush’s funeral today, the word honorable came to mind and seemed to sum up this man’s character. He was a member of the great generation and leaves us with great respect and admiration.
In contrast, I recall a recent court experience where the judge was called honorable, but the synonyms listed above certainly did not apply. This judge accepted the position of honor, but failed to assume the responsibilities of fulfilling that expectation. In a nutshell, that summarizes most of our society’s problems.