Cure: (n) a method or course of treatment, as for disease
“I’m not sick.”
This is what I used to tell my mother on the days I wanted to go to school, go out and play or pursue some activity which was being halted because of “under the weather.”
Then there were the days I said, “I am sick.” I was trying to avoid a test, a bully or was too lazy to get out of my bed.
It carries over.
If everybody who was sick sought treatment, more people would get well. And if all the people who are truly well would cease to be paranoid hypochondriacs, we would probably spend a whole lot less money on medical treatment in America.
How do you know you need a cure?
When can you confirm there’s some sort of difficulty, impediment or disease which is keeping you from your best?
The problem with the medical field is the same situation presented by the political arena and also carries through into religious circles.
Cures are developed which are advertised and aren’t necessarily suited to the afflictions.
Politicians try to convince everybody that the economy, terrorism or health care are our three greatest issues. Are they? Will they bring a cure to our ills? Or is the dilemma actually that we still want to kick the shit out of each other?
In medicine, they get so excited about certain advancements and cures that they try to use them as a panacea for all conditions, while the conditions that really beset us—obesity, drug addiction and lack of physical activity—continue to hang around, making us sicker and sicker every day.
And in religion, a savior is offered who doesn’t seem to bring any more insight, wisdom or opportunity our way once we’ve been baptized and born again in our further confusion.
What is the cure?
- Ease the symptoms. Make people more comfortable.
- Find out where it hurts.
- Treat as lightly as possible. Don’t assume it’s a flesh-eating bacteria.
That seems to be the best cure. It’s one that people will tolerate.
Even though we’re all dying and will ultimately end in the grave—as dust and ash—we don’t need to do it every day.