I’ve been thinking about health lately and started jotting down my thoughts on it – ideas about the health of individuals as well as the health of society as a whole and the relationship between them. I guess to think about health in this way is somewhat of a holistic way of looking at things. My thoughts started to wander as they are apt to do and I didn’t come up with an actual ending. I just let my mind wander and decided to publish it.
We in the United States (and elsewhere, of course) tend to look at life in a fragmented way. We separate and categorize, we’re obsessed with labels. And that has become a serious problem in our society. It’s one of the reasons why the rulers are able to manipulate us into making sick, twisted decisions we ordinarily wouldn’t make.
We’ve embraced a social system based on economics and it has sent us so far out of balance we’re losing our humanity. Why are there so many people who don’t see this? How can so many people be sent off in a direction so far from what really matters in life?
It’s the coming together of Capitalism as a state religion and the despicable indoctrination machine set in motion almost a century ago, of course. Edward Bernays should be remembered by all of us. He’s indirectly responsible for so much of what has happened in Western so-called “culture” today (due to the powerful effect the marketing industry has had on most of us) but I’m not going to go into the the history of corporate indoctrination right now. It’s an interesting story, but people can watch an Adam Curtis documentary on it anytime. I’m going to finish this essay with the thoughts that were running through my mind after I passed through a somewhat painful time of adjusting to the reality that a person like Donald Trump was actually elected to the presidency of the country in which I live:
A society at peace is a healing society. It’s a society in which people have trust in each other and feel compassion for all living beings – animals and the entire planet as well as other people – and one that allows virtually no dis-ease to enter. Of course there would be occasional illness, but it would be the exception (rather than a constant struggle of every day life for many) and would be taken care of immediately. Sick people wouldn’t pile up in hospitals (and the streets) miserably waiting to die. There wouldn’t be sociopathic predators selling “treatments” that extend life without proper health. That is virtual cannibalism. Cures would be available for the sick in a civilized society.
We’ve descended into a pit of fear and hate with our eyes wide open. By following a way of life that isn’t actually about life we’ve embraced disease. We have a disease of the soul that has permeated every aspect of life. We’re committing mass murder and mass suicide. And the hateful and ignorant of society are cheering on this sick path to an existence devoid of love and compassion.
Hate is a plague born of fear and when the flames of hate are fed ignorance and apathy the conflagration spreads and consumes almost everything in its path. It eventually exhausts itself, but not until severe damage is done. The healing process takes much longer to spread than the plague, though it is inevitable.
Healing is the rendering of whole. This is true whether we are talking about individuals or an entire society. Divisions between people in a common society create holes that allow for sickness and disease to enter. That means we need to come together somehow.
To think of coming together with hateful people who actually support a continuation of the destruction of the planet, a Muslim registry, mass deportation of immigrants which would tear families apart, privatization of more of the basic necessities of life, more deregulation, unbridled greed (and consider it entrepreneurship), reducing human rights, continued neglect of animal rights…
This seems impossible to me yet it must be necessary. It’s painful, but apparently it’s what is needed to get more people to evolve toward enlightenment. I’m not an expert in these matters, just an ordinary person who cares.