Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
Far north of the American continent, lies our largest, most majestic and unspoiled state: Alaska. Unpopulated, wild, and full of splendor, it crowns our country to the envy of the world. Whales, foxes, seals, moose and bears are just a few of nature's living things that call it home. Eagles are everywhere, as are salmon, crabs and fish of all kind.
The volcanic heritage of the landscape reminds the visitors of its turbulent past, like the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, in Katmai National Park. In this land of snow and ice, one is surprised to find beaches with sand at 140o F, due to volcanic hot springs.
Man's presence, outside the native dwellings, is limited to a handful of towns, and fishing processing settlements along the Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The population density is about one person per square mile. At that rate, there would be only 22 people on the Island of Manhattan (Vs 1.7 Million.) Such adverse conditions demand neighborliness and sociability for, services and help of any kind are sparse and very late in coming. That goes for daily needs that most of us take for granted, as well. Such as education and healthcare.
The geographic demand of such a vast area dictates that the only viable option of providing healthcare and education is through Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education. Such is true for many places in the lower 48 as well. States like Wyoming, New Mexico, Alabama, and Mississippi that, by order of their economy, terrain, people, and politics, are at a disadvantage and can also benefit from such programs. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is the true resiliency of our people. For despite the many challenges, we are still moving forward and learning that we have the means to care for each other and educate ourselves with the help of the wonderful tools at our disposal. Let's use them to heal and educate our nation for the betterment of our children and their children.