I’ve traveled to many countries, and what I’m always struck by is that people everywhere are pretty much the same. Despite cultural differences, no matter what language is spoken, we all want love, acceptance, health, good relationships and to feel like we’re making a contribution to life. So the older I get and the more traveling I do, the more cynical I get about politics and about the corporate takeover of global political systems.

Case in point: China is a communist country, yet the United States eagerly accepts cheap Chinese goods for commercial distribution here, and outsources labor to China. Isn’t that a bit hypocritical, to have profit motivate our government’s actions, rather than an ideal of a higher order, such as working to ensure safe and fair working conditions for Chinese people? Rhetoric aside, some collaboration between U.S. citizens and those of other countries—especially (perhaps always) when done outside the auspices of politics or commerce—are positive and noteworthy.

Take a recent decision on the part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to foster collaboration between Chinese and American scientists, into research on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

According to the HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in an HHS news release, (www.hhs.gov/news/press/2008pres/06/20080616b.html), “This project will advance our understanding of when and how to appropriately integrate traditional Chinese medicine with Western medical approaches to improve the health of the American and Chinese people.”

Communicating on a human level—outside the realm of politics, of consumerism, of mine vs. yours—is what healing is all about. I’ve seen, via videotape, chi practitioners flowing energy to hospital patients in China, and the seemingly miraculous results that occurred.

I only hope that the Traditional Chinese Medicine doesn’t fall victim to bureaucracy, and instead is allowed to flower in its own right when used with allopathic medicine.