Traditional (read: corporate) approaches to medicine, education, religion, and the economy are wreaking havoc on people’s emotional and physical health and well-being. The intent, in each of these domains, is to take power away from the individual by depositing blind faith outside of oneself into an external authority that tells us what to think, how to feel, and what our net worth is or is not. This is not a new phenomenon; it has been going on for a long time now. The purpose of this post isn’t to go into the history of this “corporatizing movement” but to make a small contribution to the conversation on the Coop about healthier ways to live, learn, and teach.
First, let me say that it’s dehumanizing to be treated as if your health (intellectual ability or professional potential) is equal to the numbers on a chart or the outcomes of an exam. More and more I’m living the intellectual understanding that my physical health is often a reflection of my emotional health. Alternative views to traditional medicine, such as meditation and Yoga, all promote the idea that the body is capable of healing itself; we make things happen through our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. Corporate approaches to medicine, religion, education, and work are founded on the separation between mind and body. In fact, its very existence depends on this dichotomy.
The first way out of this miasma for me has been to acknowledge, accept, and forgive myself for having participated in this system for so long, sometimes unwittingly, albeit unwillingly. I have to admit that the alternative is scary and the answers are not clear cut. It’s easier to take a drug for an ailment than to tune into one’s body and mind (a state of consciousness?) and work with oneself to heal. That is the path I’m on.
What are your thoughts?