In America, we tend to approach the concept of “health” from a “disease” perspective. We think in terms of health “crises,” health “maladies” (“conditions,”) health “compromises,” etc… The reason we view health from this perspective is because we don’t typically think about our health until something goes wrong. Quite frequently, this is how we approach life as well.
How often do we place the time and effort into supporting the HEALTH of our personal relationships? How often do we choose to work beyond our job parameters (without being assigned the tasks by our managers) to support the HEALTH and growth of the companies that employ us? How often do we donate our time to our communities to create HEALTHIER social environments for our children by actively supporting and guiding their development?
How often do we place the time and effort into supporting the HEALTH of our personal relationships when “divorce,” “separation,” or “break up” is threatened? How often do we choose to work beyond our job parameters to support the HEALTH and growth of the companies that employ us prior to our employers revealing the likeliness of job layoffs? How often do we get involved in our communities to support a HEALTHIER social environment for our children prior to the onset of crime and drugs infiltrating our neighborhoods and our lives?
WE ARE A REACTIVE SOCIETY
We CHOOSE to follow pathways that result in personal and societal harm and seem incapable of deviating from these pathways until the threshold of PAIN exceeds the limits we’re willing to tolerate.
A reactive society is always in search of “CURES.” It lacks the willingness to admit its own patterns of behavior (to a large extent) support the causes of “disease” in the first place. Surprisingly, reactive societies are passive in nature. They prefer to follow previous generation’s traditionally accepted approaches to life, than face the reality and responsibility for implementing the necessary changes themselves.
It is only when their passive attitudes cause SYMPTOMATIC self harm (beyond their tolerable limits,) that they are willing to accept a new course of action. Even under these conditions, however, they’re often unwilling to accept their new role (lacking attitude and behavior) in applying LONG TERM solutions. They expect science, researchers, doctors, government and big business to step forward and provide the answers (“CURES“) for them.
CURES can never be found under these conditions. As long as the public remains unwilling to become part of the solution, the search for realistic LONG TERM “CURES” is unachievable. The individual must first recognize the need to design a PROACTIVE lifestyle plan followed by a willingness (an ATTITUDE change) to implement the behaviors required to achieving the restoration of HEALTH (whether it’s physical, mental or societal.) Until we replace REACTIVE behavior with PROACTIVE behavior, we will continue on a course of self deception. We will justify our lack of personal responsibility to ourselves and our communities by accepting the belief that “CURES” simply require more time for discovery.