Choosing to be Healthy by Learning from Mankind’s History of Mistakes

health thru history History is such an important subject to learn from, for each and every one of us. No matter whether related to your family, where you live, what you do for a living, how many children you have had or hadn’t, there are statistics collected that provide phenomenal information as to the road we might be driving on vs whether or not we need to make a turn to avoid a problem. All collections of information over time, contribute to history, which offers us helpful feedback.

There is a choice, to learn from history vs ignoring it. Per Wikipedia, ‘history is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about these events.’ This collected information also includes negative information, which in the big picture, can be most beneficial if used appropriately. This is where mankind typically fails, not being aware of history to aid in making appropriate decisions and therefore ends up re-inventing the wheel.

In a blog posted on Big Think.com,  posted Sept 5, 2011, J. Rufus Fears, David Ross Boyd Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, states “the world of 2011 suffers from a fatal delusion. We believe that we are immune to the lessons – the laws – of history. We believe that our modern science and technology has lifted us above the lessons of history. However, as the American Founders understood, the lessons of history endure because human nature never changed. All the human emotions are the same today as in Egypt of the pharaohs or China in the time of Confucius: Love, hate, ambition, the lust for power, kindness, generosity, and inhumanity. The good and bad of human nature is simply poured into new vehicles created by science and technology.”

The odds of mankind learning from history may be against us, as per J Rufus Fears, but with the current healthcare crises/changes upon us in a system not currently designed to handle 30 million more people, we must be focused as well as serious at a personal level, as access to healthcare will most likely be greatly impacted. We need to take ownership of how we live, including but not limited to, what we eat, exercise or not, take time to learn our families’ medical histories  and have a complete examination if the option exists to do so, in order to have a baseline established. Then you will always have something to compare to, if ever anything out of your ordinary occurs.

Adoption of, as well as living a healthier lifestyle is a fantastic beginning. For those already diagnosed with health issues, it is important  that prescribed medications if any, are taken as directed and followed up accordingly. Unhealthy personal habits that are known to be bad and/or addictions, such as drinking too much, smoking, illegal drug use, excessive computer use and listening to consistently loud music, naming but a few,  need to be curtailed if ever a chance to succeed at a personal level. In my opinion, I have learned from the wise of the past in living through the practice of moderation and truthfully feel it to be a good principle to live by. It’s all about choices and putting out the effort; simple but requires personal commitment, yet in the long run, will indeed prove itself.

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