Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.— Rene Dubos
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To ward off disease or recover health, people as a rule find it easier to depend on healers than to attempt the more difficult task of living wisely.
As long as mankind is made up of independent individuals with free will, there cannot be any social status quo. Men will develop new urges, and these will give rise to new problems, which will require ever new solutions. Human life implies adventure, and there is no adventure without struggles and dangers.
Clearly, health and disease cannot be defined merely in terms of anatomical, physiological, or mental attributes. Their real measure is the ability of the individual to function in a manner acceptable to himself and to the group of which he is a part.
Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.
Each civilization has its own kind of pestilence and can control it only by reforming itself.
It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life.
But solving problems of disease is not the same thing as creating health and happiness. (...) Health and happiness are the expression of the manner in which the individual responds and adapts to the challenges that he meets in everyday life.
There is an unbroken continuum from the wisdom of the body to the wisdom of the mind, from the wisdom of the individual to the wisdom of the race.
The word "wilderness" occurs approximately three hundred times in the Bible, and all its meanings are derogatory.
Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can adapt to the destructive effects of our power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned population growth, to the dirt, pollution and noise of a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life.
Eradication of microbial disease is a will-o'-the-wisp;
pursuing it leads into a morass of hazy biological concepts and half truths.
Man could escape danger only by renouncing adventure, by abandoning that which has given to the human condition its unique character and genius among the rest of living things.
The mechanisms of vis medicatrix naturæ—the most healing power of nature—are so effective that most diseases are self-terminating.
There is a demon in technology. It was put there by man and man will have to exorcise it before technological civilization can achieve the eighteenth-century ideal of humane civilized life.
Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.
The belief that we can manage the Earth and improve on Nature is probably the ultimate expression of human conceit, but it has deep roots in the past and is almost universal.
Men are naturally most impressed by diseases which have obvious manifestations, yet some of their worst enemies creep on them unobtrusively.
Think globally, act locally": "Our salvation depends upon our ability to create a religion of nature.
The most important pathological effects of pollution are extremely delayed and indirect.
Nature always strikes back. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place.
The wooing of the Earth thus implies much more than converting the wilderness into humanized environments. It means also preserving natural environments in which to experience mysteries transcending daily life and from which to recapture, in a Proustian kind of remembrance, the awareness of the cosmic forces that have shaped humankind.
You cannot see the Milky Way in New York City any more .
.. We risk the loss of our sensual perception. And if you lose those, naturally, you try to compensate by other stimulations, by very loud noises, or by bright lights or drugs.
A sense of continuity with the rest of creation is a form of religious experience essential to sanity.
With reference to life there is not one nature;
there are only associations of states and circumstances, varying from place to place and from time to time.
Social evolution may be the result of intention, but it rarely, if ever, produces the result intended.
The earth is literally our mother, not only because we depend on her for nurture and shelter but even more because the human sepcies has been shaped by her in the womb of evolution. Our salvation depends upon our ability to create a religion of nature.
In man, at least, satisfaction is commonly followed by boredom.
Any attempt to shape the world and modify human personality in order to create a self-chosen pattern of life involves many unknown consequences. Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back. The multiplicity of determinants which affect biological systems limits the power of the experimental method to predict their trends and behavior.
As far as life is concerned, there is no such thing as "Nature".
There are only homes. Home is that environment to which the individual has become adapted; and almost everything is unnatural outside his range of adaptation. Harmonious equilibrium with nature is an abstract concept with a Platonic beauty but lacking the flesh and blood of life. It fails, in particular, to convey the creative emergent quality of human existence.
What happens in the mind of man is always reflected in the disease of his body.
Sometimes the more measurable drives out the most important.
Man not only survives and functions in his environment, he shapes it and he is shaped by it.
Wherever human beings are concerned, trend is not destiny.
It is possible to analyze the biological and social influences that make each human being unique, unprecedented, and unrepeatable, but this analysis does not explain how and why each feels different from all other human beings.
But too often the goal of the planners is a universal gray state of health corresponding to absence of disease rather than to a positive attribute conducive to joyful and creative living. This kind of health will not rule out and may even generate another form of ill, the boredom which is the penalty of a formula of life where nothing is left unforeseen.
... men as a rule are more preoccupied with the dangers that threaten their life than interested in the biological forces on which they depend for a constructive existence.
Gauss replied, when asked how soon he expected to reach certain mathematical conclusions, that he had them long ago, all he was worrying about was how to reach them!
In 1946, Oxford University in England was offered large funds to create a new Institute of Human Nutrition. The University refused the funds on the ground that the knowledge of human nutrition was essentially complete, and that the proposed institution would soon run out of meaningful research projects.
Whatever his inhibitions and tastes, Western man believes in the natural holiness of seminudism and raw vegetable juice, because these have become for him symbols of unadultered nature.
Pathological states are the consequence of several determinate factors acting simultaneously...The manifestations of any given agent differ profoundly from one person to another. ...Each noxious agent can express itself by a great variety of different pathological states. ...Different agents can elicit similar reactions. ...The total environment and the (interior medium) constitute a multifactorial system.
Biologically, man is still the great amateur of the animal kingdom;
he is unique in his lack of anatomical and physiological specialization.
The very process of living is a continual interplay between the individual and his environment, often taking the form of a struggle resulting in injury or disease.
Human life is now molded to a large extent by the changes that man has brought about in his external environment and by his attempts at controlling body and soul.
...Search for the cause may be a hopeless pursuit because most disease states are the indirect outcome of a constellation of circumstances.
One may wonder indeed whether the pretense of superior health is not itself rapidly becoming a mental aberration.
Life is short, the art is long, the problems pressing.
It is a disturbing fact that Western civilization, which claims to have achieved the highest standard of health in history, finds itself compelled to spend ever-increasing sums for the control of disease.
... each type of civilization has had diseases peculiar to it and at each period the various social groups in any community also have differed in this regard.
Human life implies adventure, and there is no adventure without struggles and dangers.