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 areas and absence of health results, it is the delicate relationships governing health that are suffering.
Plato was credited with saying,
But, “The part can never be well…”, is actually misleading because, in nature, and in anything which is not man-made, there are no parts. Let me say that again,
THERE ARE NO PARTS.
“Parts” are a man-made, mechanical concept, as writer/ecologist Allan Savory makes plain, in Holistic Management, A New Framework for Decision-making, when he talks about the natural world being 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.” [Emphasis mine.]
Despite the limitations of our natural proclivities which tend toward compartmentalizing everything into neat and tidy categories – parts – the reality is that in our “non-mechanical world”, the only sense in which there can be any parts is in the sense of,
Everything being “part” of everything else.
The fact is, good or bad decisions in any one area of our lives impact every other area in some way, as Plato indeed confirmed when he said, “…unless the WHOLE is well.”
So, when we talk about seeking Abundantly Healthy Lives, we’re talking about the whole, or the “WHOLE-ISTIC” meaning of the word health.
In contrast to the modern scientific approach of dissecting wholes in order to study their “parts”, holistic health advances the belief that the parts of something can only ever make sense when viewed as a whole. Thus, we aim at treating the whole person, animal, environment etc. And so our physical bodies, emotions, minds and spirits form a tightly woven, inextricably entwined tapestry which, as Savory explained, “can only be grasped when… viewed in [its] entirety“.
But it doesn’t stop there.
The state of our individual whole health radiates out toward our families and communities. The health and stability of our societies and economies – wholes equally in need of abundant health – are also directly affected by humanity’s health as a whole, and vice-versa.
The Natural World
But when it comes to the natural world, we are talking about a uniquely different situation, for it is a whole upon which we are entirely dependent. And whereas the healthy functioning of our planet’s natural systems ensure humankind’s survival, a healthy functioning humanity is not a survival prerequisite for nature.
E.F Schumacher famously put it this way, in, Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered:
“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.”
Make or Break
By itself, the natural world is a self-sustaining, self-perpetuating super-system, transcending the need for humanity. And yet, our developing presence here on earth remains an immensely pivotal factor, and a vital reason why humanity’s whole health is so important.
Because the natural world does, of course, depend upon humanity’s health in one fundamental way. And that’s in our relatively newly found ability to wipe all life off the face of the planet.
If we continue to break her natural laws; if we fail to change our bent on greed, conflict, war and destruction, and replace it with the desire for wholly abundant health, then total annihilation lies “at our door”.
“We have had our last chance…”
said General Douglas MacArthur at the conclusion of the Japanese Surrender Ceremony aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945.
“If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.” (Ibid)
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 there remains a final frontier of whole health which humanity must address before it is too late, as to the world General MacArthur famously warned…
Both the foundation and the pinnacle of abundantly healthy life is ABUNDANT SPIRITUAL LIFE. And there can be no question that, as individuals, families, and nations, this must be at the top of our “quality of life statements” – the set of qualities in life that are most meaningful to us, and those that we hold most dear.
“It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh”, because only abundant spiritual health has a future of total peace and prosperity, and possesses the kind of “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” that we’re all truly looking for.
And thus, THE HEALTHY HOME FAMILY exists to espouse the belief that humanity’s happiness, and the future well-being of our families and of all life on this planet, lies in the holistic pursuit of…
Ade & Tosh
@The Healthy Home Family