There is no clear evidence or proof that Nature itself wants us to suffer. Nature wants the individual to grow and has provided an environment suitable for growth. Unfortunately, we as human beings over a long period of time have compromised our principles and in so doing have, in one way or another adversely conditioned the world in which we live.
We are as people inhabiting two environments, the larger environment of the world and the smaller environment of our own body.
And it is very difficult to balance this relationship.
Today there are a great number of health experts who are very much involved in the conditioning of the body. We produce some of the finest athletes and all over the world the training of the body for athletic purposes is an acknowledged procedure. However, in the training of the body we are apt to create the concept that the body in itself in the most important of all things. We are inclined to compromise or even deny the growth of the person in the body in a deep, powerful program of maintaining the physical form itself. This is wrong.
The physical body is governed by laws, as is everything in the universe. The laws of the physical body are very simple, although they are very difficult to enforce.
Without the body there is a vaporous abstraction with no means of making contact with the material world around us.
Contemporarily we have “the good life,” which very largely is lived at the expense of health, consisting of indulgence of the appetites. It is impossible for a body governed by natural law to work in harmony with a mind or emotion that is violating natural law. The conflict between the natural needs of the body and the artificial activities of the individual is bound to result in bad health.
There are natural protections by which the body seeks to restore itself. The body is a tremendously complicated mechanism, but in the process of millions of years it has built strong defence mechanisms. To function, however, these mechanisms must be in cooperation with the person inhabiting it. It is proper for the body to receive nutrition, exercise, to practice hygiene; but in all things we should treat our body as a faithful friend. When we spoil that relationship we are in trouble.
If we live in a world in which most of human activity is devoted to a single economic maintenance, the body is going to be one of the primary victims. It was not intended to work deep under the earth hour after hour, year after year, nor was it intended to be locked into an industrial situation in which there was no incentive for the development of the person in the body.
This person becomes merely a servant of a world economic institution. As a result, the body suffers and gradually falls into a variety of infirmities.
The material life is largely at fault. Materialism estimates the value of a complete human being in terms of his economic productivity. He is here not to be a person, but to maintain an ever-expanding system of world industry. This industry takes people away from the natural habits of life, deprives us of, in many instances, of the proper emotional integration in our home, businesses and everywhere we function.
We are being locked into a life largely governed by computerization.
The body needs a proper environment, and in our present intense scientific industrialism the body of the individual is sacrificed to external factors that are themselves not necessarily valid. The body is expected to perform all kinds of labors. It is brought under the control of an economic theory in which people employ the body rather than the person in it, and if the body fails, the abilities of the person are rejected.
We have various means of combating different ailments, but we have also developed a very pernicious situation, which will have to be faced ultimately by every thoughtful person, which is the failure of the medical theory and systems protecting health.
We are working more to find ways to remedy our own mistakes, but we are not being instructed on how to prevent these mistakes. We may get a nutritionist who will help us balance the body, but this same balance of the body may not touch into the inner causes of deterioration because an unhealthy mind, even in a healthy body, will ultimately destroy health.
We are also trying to remove the symptoms of our own indiscretions. We are developing an elaborate pharmacology, which is dedicated largely to obscuring mistakes. We are trying to neglect or kill out the body’s natural means of bringing problems to the attention of the mind.
Many of the medications that we use are actually destructive to the body and its own natural resources. Thus we have covered a basic mistake by finding artificial remedies to obscure the truth. We feel that if we have obscured the truth al is well.
We are therefore of the opinion in general that if we abolish the symptom we have cured the ailment. This is not true and never can be.
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