Drop by your local mall soon and take a look around. What you see there is a dramatic example of why your health is less than it should be. Our desire to be entertained has been completely overwhelmed our need for food, shelter, and clothing. The new attitude is that entertainment is all that matters; the actual value of what we’re buying as a contributor to health has been greatly diminished or lost entirely, as long as we’re being entertained.
Creating health in modern time begins with the awareness of the fact that humans were never programmed to think about their health. Prior to modern times, most if not all of the strongest catalysts for human health and vitality were found in the day-to-day challenges and rewards which were an automatic part of survival in a natural environment. If you survived, you were de facto healthy. We didn’t always like the plan – it was full of hardship and scarcity, but it caused our bodies to thrive and made the most of our lifespans. Since the mere act of survival was our contribution to health, survival was the only biological imperative – no other thought required.
Today, layer upon layer of mechanical enhancements and societal edicts have removed the need to engage in those contributory acts, and made the goal of survival a guaranteed gift from our intellect. With that change though we have removed the requirements for health.
In the face of both the magnitude and number of demands placed on us by modern life, most everyone’s first reaction to the notion that they must actually do something to preserve personal health is one of annoyance. “Oh no, I can’t take on one more chore in my jam-packed schedule!!?” On top of that, the subject is so complex that it seems incomprehensible. Even if you are willing and able, where do you begin?
We are a spoiled culture in that we have become accustomed to simply outsourcing things that don’t fit into our busy schedules; i.e., laundry, gardening, housekeeping, bookkeeping, car repair, investments, even gift giving (when we can get away with it). In our heads this always sounds like this: “when there’s a problem I don’t want to deal with, I’ll just pay someone to make it go away.”
This mindset makes it seem very natural to consider outsourcing our personal responsibility for health also. This, in fact, is what leads most people to take a pill, see a doctor for preventable ailments, give in to convenience or flavor in their diet, etc. Unfortunately, when it comes to human health, outsourcing never works. Only you, and only you doing the actual work of health, will produce the highest levels of health that are available to you.
That small matter of unworkability however won’t stop the free market from swooping in to meet the demand. Don’t expect these enterprising souls to let on that what they’re selling is a fools remedy. The free market is very good at some things; human health just isn’t one of them. But there they are, glossy brochures featuring highly attractive price points in hand, ready to make all of the great-sounding claims of satisfying your need for someone else to take the burden of health-maintenance off your hands. We find this outsourcing in everything from crystals to medical emergency rooms. We’ll buy just about anything that makes the claim we want to believe before we’ll actually do the work of health.
News flash: no matter how rich you are you cannot buy the work of personal health. It can only happen as a result of a specific set of time-consuming actions undertaken by the individual who will receive the benefits. That’s it. Anything else is a sham. Personal health is the one great equalizer in our world; equally available to rich and poor, and equally unavailable to anyone not willing to take personal responsibility for it.