written by
Elson Haas, MD

Dec 02, 2016

Politics, Medicine and War – Part II

Let’s continue our exploration of politics, medicine and war and how this  “attack and conquer” mentality permeates many parts of modern our life all the way down to our relationships with others and most importantly with our one and only self. How can we shift towards integrity, healing and peace?

Of course, there are many types of strife, conflict, and war. Politics, medicine, agriculture, food production and the environment are all examples of ways in which traditional “attack and conquer” approaches have had negative consequences and where a more integrative approach can have long-term positive results. This is also true of course in our personal relationships, where conflict often begins with our inner turmoil and affects our inner peace, how we relate to others, and our overall health.

We create war, or develop the concept of war, as an imagined solution to conflict, and this often begins as children from our parents’ attitudes and approach to the world. We are also affected by the environment we are exposed to with the media’s onslaught of violence in movies and the everyday news. All of this affects our own behaviors, messages, and approach to life and relationships. Most of us have problems or challenges in our personal alliances at home with family members, at work, and in love relationshps. Our programming, once developed, is difficult to change.

So, it starts with each of us, asking such questions as, “Were our parents peaceful, or were they fighters, angry, and mad at each other and/or the world? What makes us want to give and help others, especially those less fortunate?”

To read more in my article for Total Health Magazine – please click the link below

 

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