Doing the “right thing” — by a score of at least 100 to 1
This blogpost was inspired by my youngest friend, a 29-year old scientist at Pfizer who I met through our yacht club here in Stonington. A very bright thinker himself, Tim adopted a near optimal, plant-based diet shortly after sailing with me for a few hours and listening to me talking about our book. He said it just made sense.
Last week, he sent me a video of the late Dr. Russell Ackoff (see below). In it he talks about the concept of five types of content in the human mind:
- Wisdom = effectiveness
The first four deal with increasing efficiency; whereas the fifth (wisdom) is all about effectiveness and that means doing the right thing. And, as Dr. Acker explains in the video, “It’s far better to do the “right things” wrong than to do the wrong things right.
He went on to use that concept to explain why our health care system in the United States does not work. Spending far more than any other nation, we rank 37th in terms of effectiveness of our health care system. As he explained, we’re doing whole lot of wrong things right.
“If you wanted a true health care system, you would pay a doctor to keep you healthy. You would pay the doctor a fee and he would then pay all of your medical expenses. Now, it would be in his interest to keep you healthy, not to keep you sick.”
During the video, it appears that Dr. Ackoff never learned the secret himself — of doing the “right thing” when it came to feeding his body. He never mentioned it during his “health care” discussion, and his appearance would suggest that he was not eating a whole foods, plant-based diet.
He depended on our schools of nutrition and our medical community to tell him all about the “right things.” And they failed him. Taking took money from the food and pharmaceutical industries, they failed to promote the “right things” for our health.
So Dr. Ackoff probably believed what they told him. And, therefore, he was like at least 95% of the scholars of his time—believing that he “needed” to eat animal protein to be healthy. Had he learned the truth about nutrition, he would’ve said that “Our meat & dairy industries have become very efficient at doing the wrong things. But when it comes to wisdom, and doing the “right things” to make us healthy, they have missed the boat completely.”
Contrast that with someone like me who is doing the right thing (in my food choices) although not doing it very well in terms of taste, variety, and presentation.
But, regardless of those things, my “doing the right thing” — eating plants—has rewarded me with far better health than if I was still doing a wonderful job of cooking and eating the wrong things—a la Julia Child.
We need more thinkers like Dr. Ackoff and we need to unlock the power of their minds by telling them the simple truth about what kind of food promotes health in the human body—whole, plant-based foods. I encourage you to watch this thought-provoking 10-minute video.
As a bonus by doing the right thing for ourselves, we also do the right thing for our planet.
Russell Lincoln Ackoff (12 February 1919 – 29 October 2009) Wikipedia. Was an American organizational theorist, consultant, and Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Ackoff was a pioneer in the field of operations research, systems thinking and management science.
As an Industrial Engineering undergrad and a process improvement consultant for much of my career, I can definitely appreciate the wisdom of Dr. Ackoff. And I have always focused on “the big picture” — forever striving to do the right things for the benefit of all.
Quite simply, our system has failed us as they focus on efficiency over effectiveness and confusion over clarity. Our experts are missing the main point when it comes to promoting our health and in promoting environmental health that will foster the sustainability of the human race. A few related posts in recent weeks.
- “Dust Bowl” debate. Experts are missing the main point.
- More “confusion over clarity” from the mainstream media…
- The “war on cancer” turns 41; now a major industry…
- Drought, famine and the sustainability of the human race
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The ”big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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