To the editor
rified and reconfigured over the aeons and eras. From Asclepius the Greek hero-God of medicine in religion and mythology to the modern-day dominance of biomedical bluster and bigpharma’s manipulative machination, the health of the species has been bandied about and ‘brutalised’ in the merciless market-place of power and mercenary advantage. Many a ‘snakeoil’ marketeer and ‘faith-healer’ vendor of ‘efficacy’ have peppered the unending odyssey of ‘wellness’ en route. Once existential vulnerability regarding life prospects insinuates itself into our body-soma, karmic essence, or whatever other somatic/sensorial/ spiritual element of self that we can conjure, we are prone to the disempowerments inevitably forthcoming from community, society and statutory system alike. We all become a commodity proposition — one for exploitation, dismissal or dedicated dependency.
Given that we are one exemplar of a vast global multitude of species all struggling apace to evolve, survive and thrive we must accept our lot in the overall schema — not capitulate of course but cultivate a determined, though, realistic maturity of self-prospect.
Competitive conflict is thus an inevitability in terms of asserting and establishing some sort of homeostatic balance between all organisms from primate to parasite with all the singular vibrancy of each organism and their ‘enthusiasm’ to flourish. The hierarchy of survival is at once very simple and extremely complex.
That we ‘superior hominids’ have evolved tertiary cerebral capabilities with all the lofty labyrinthine permutational capacity for appraisal, assessment and adduction, does not confer perennial dominance, merely an advantaged position of requisite responsibility to the biosphere and all who sail in her.
With attendant ethics and morals dwindling ‘in perpetuum’, and contorted greed, injustice and selfishness gaining global traction apace, one has to despair at the corruptive slants many involved in the hyper-business of so-called ‘health and well-being.’ The followers of the not-so-great god Mammon are preaching and propagating many fallacious farragos dressed in the masquerading vestments of validity and value. Johnathan Swift despite his foible and fable, did the honourable deed for the poor, afflicted of Dublin. Unfortunately the designation ascribed to his hospital mandating bequest in the language of the era was for the care of the “Idiots and Lunaticks!”
Regrettable anachronisms aside, his very worthy legacy has unfortunately evolved to a neoliberal corporate entity, whereby the needy of Dublin and elsewhere would need a plump purse or weighty insurance cover to avail of supportive service.
Such exemplars in the course of biomedical invasion within healthcare evolution, merely besmirch the sentiments of Hippocrates and his ilk. Oaths are apparently flexible and optional when suits the corporate wallet, with dependent subscribers crucial to the financial fray.
There should of course be no stigma, shame or sham to the diagnostics of well-being and its converse. We are all organisms existing, not in a ‘battle-zone’ or ‘theatre of war’, merely temporary players in the entropic flux of the ‘show’ that is evolution, whatever advanced ‘reasoning’ lies beyond.