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Fixin' Healthcare

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Did Mother Tell Me That?

Nature, metabolism and life are extremely complex. Add the equally complex, dynamic interaction between each of them and it defies understanding.

Long causal chains, impatience to see results and insensitivity to the passage of time are critical factors in understanding ourselves and others. Individuals and society exist at any given moment balanced within nature and the world where the balance is controlled by a vast array of forces. These forces vary in strength and relationship to each other, and they are in a constant state of flux. It is a complex existence with many unknown factors and it is dependent upon a will to live that affirms life as possessing intrinsic value.

Skepticism promotes the need to think about the balancing forces of life and adapt to change. The complexity and lack of complete knowledge about life can blunt optimism and generate pessimism that erodes the will to live. When the boundary of rational thought encounters the mystery of life, the will to live depends upon belief systems, values, art, faith, religion and mysticism.

Health and well-being are among this mix and no one ever said it would be easy to achieve and maintain them. But it can be done.


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