@charles m young,
charles m young wrote:
I was more focused on the end of the thesis, brother. I'm more concerned with the psychological status of our world, and denoting that society has a blind way of looking at our lives.
There may be a lot of truth there, but at the same time I think it's hard to generalize. In general I regard health as a state of physical being that allows people to self-actualize -- i.e. to live the lives they want. But health is an active process too, it's something that has to be maintained.
By the way, you stated you are a doctor?
Yes. I'm triple-boarded in pediatrics, internal medicine, and pediatric infectious diseases. I'm a junior faculty member at a major medical school, and I do research, teaching, and clinical care.
so you understand the physical results that psychological dispositions have on the body?
In all honesty by far
the most important relationship here is that certain psychological dispositions prevent people from taking good care of themselves. They can neglect themselves, do self-destructive things, underutilize the medical system, over
utilize the medical system, and sometimes will simply have great difficulty understanding their own agency in their health.
Well, the world
is very complicated. Start from the worst places on earth and move up. You first need peace. Without peace nothing is possible. You then need the basic infrastructure and health care to prevent rampant infant, child, and maternal mortality. You then need good education and literacy, along with equal access for women. You then need reasonable societal freedoms. Only then will people have enough physical
, and societal
empowerment to take care of themselves and actually have a meaningful self-image. And empowerment is what this is all about -- the idea that people have some control over their own destiny.