Sunday, February 18, 2018

Human - A Rethink?

People are predisposed to various diseases based on their lifestyle. Naturally, those can be managed with changes in diet, and environment and a few things like that. These diseases characterize problems that arise primarily due daily habits of people. The onset of the lifestyle diseases is insidious, once they develop after years of being holed up, the cure is not easy. The most significant facet of lifestyle, worry, I think needs to be taken as the primary cause. Incorrect food habits, physical inactivity, wrong body posture, and disturbed biological clock are some of the other such factors, contributing to these.
Let us examine our approach to few that are highly dangerous.
We readily acknowledge the existence of diseases like Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, or Hypertension. And, to counter the dangers, these pose, we also institute many steps, like awareness campaigns, popularizing healthy lifestyle, etc. As we become more and more industrialized, these diseases appear to increase in frequency.
I have a question here. If healthy lifestyle is what is needed, shouldn't we concentrate on treating the lifestyle, more than the symptoms that are caused by it? And as mentioned above, the most significant aspect of the lifestyle, worry, getting the lion's share of attention?
In such a case, I think the cure is fairly simple. Worry being a direct result of the priorities we have set for ourselves, we need to examine critically, the nature and constitution of human society.
We already realize that our forfathers reasoned wrongly about many natural phenomena, and the correction of which is happening everyday. This is leading us to greater awareness, but only of things other than ourselves. Now we need to re-examine all that we think true about the human race. Because it is here that our priorities reside.