Our health, and the health of our loved ones is all-encompassing.
And the desire to have abundantly healthy lives involves making decisions that lead us towards the qualities of abundant physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Where imbalances exist in these conditions and absence of health results, it is the delicate relationships governing health that are suffering.
Plato’s, “The part can never be well…”, is actually misleading because, in nature, and in anything which is not man-made, there are no parts. “Parts” is a man-made, mechanical concept.
As writer/ecologist Allan Savory conveys in Holistic Management, A New Framework for Decision-making, the natural world of which we are a “part” is a “non-mechanical world of complex relationships and wholes with diffuse boundaries.”
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“The earth’s atmosphere, its plant, animal, and human inhabitants, its oceans, plains, and forests, its ecological stability, and its promise for humankind can only be grasped when they are viewed in their entirety. Isolate any part, and neither what you have taken nor what you have left behind remains what it was when all was one… Individual parts do not exist in nature, only wholes, and these form and shape each other.”
So only in one sense are there any “parts”. And that is in the sense of everything being a “part” of everything else.
In consequence, we cannot make decisions, good or bad, in any one area of our health without it impacting everything other area in some way, as Plato indeed realised…
“Unless the whole is well.”
At The Healthy Home Family, we seek to understand and promote Whole Health (or holistic health).
Our health is a tightly woven inter-relationship between our body, mind and spirit. It starts here, and radiates out toward our families and communities.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Our societies and economies are wholes equally in need of abundant health. Their health and stability is directly affected by humanity’s health as a whole, and vice-versa.
The natural world, however – a whole upon which we are entirely dependent – is uniquely different.
Whereas the healthy functioning of our planet’s natural systems ensure our survival, nature’s survival, on the other hand, does not depend upon humanity – except, of course, in one fundamental way: our ability to destroy it.
E.F Schumacher, in Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, famously put it like this:
“Modern man does not experience himself as a part of nature but as an outside force destined to dominate and conquer it. He even talks of a battle with nature, forgetting that, if he won the battle, he would find himself on the losing side.”
By itself, the natural world is a self-sustaining, self-perpetuating system, and humanity’s presence here is an added, yet immensely pivotal relationship.
Make or break
This is one vital reason why humanity’s whole health is so important. If we cannot avoid destroying the natural world – either by breaking natural laws, or by unleashing a nuclear holocaust – we simultaneously threaten ourselves with extinction.
The future of Whole Health?
How we deal with these responsibilities here on earth decides the future of our children.
And the fact is, we can talk about abundant physical, mental and emotional health, and espouse the benefits of social, economic and environmental health, until the cows come home.
But it is the last frontier of whole health – abundant spiritual health – which humanity must address before it is too late – especially when we consider the terrifying prospects of mankind’s nuclear capabilities.
Spiritual health is the foundation and pinnacle of abundantly healthy lives. So there can be no question about it topping our “quality of life statement”, because only abundant spiritual health can have the kind of future we’re truly seeking.