I am deeply fascinated by the mode of living which was perhaps best described some 2,000 years ago with the phrase “Resist not evil.” It is a simple concept, really, but it can be applied to just about any situation you can come across in the world today.
Think about the field of medicine. Virtually every branch of Western medicine is dedicated to fighting disease, or put in archaic terms, resisting evil. Just about everyone in academia and in the medical trenches is waging war on bacteria, targeting viruses and wrestling with less obvious but more dangerous enemies like cancers and auto-immune disorders, but I have to wonder if we’re not looking at the problem from the wrong angle.
Perhaps there’s another way to look at this. For example, could it be that the manifestations of symptoms that we call disease are nothing more than the body’s most elegant solution to restoring balance an reestablish control? Rather than fighting against the body’s best attempt to restore balance, might there be another approach that doesn’t involve resisting evil?
In the large majority of cases of chronic illness the imbalances labeled as diseases of this type are preventable and more often than not, reversible, through lifestyle changes (i.e. through the assumption of personal responsibility for the pattern of choice in nutrition, exercise and stress management). The overwhelming majority of the medical establishment is busy tilting at windmills (and making loads of money while doing it!) while missing the real leverage in the situation.
The United States, which spends 21 1/2 times the amount of money of any other industrialized nation on healthcare and ranks 38th amongst the same group for its quality, is in desperate need not just for healthcare reform, but for a revolutionary new approach. Sure the payment systems are a mess, tests and medicines are overprescribed and poorly targeted, but I think the real problem is we’re too busy resisting evil to see the forest for the trees.