I’ve been reading some comments over at another site about do it yourself medical testing. There is a lot of distrust over medicine and mistakes that doctors apparently make. There answer seems to be not in educating yourself to find a practitioner your trust but rather in learning to do it yourself.
Now I have to ask the practical response, what if you don’t have time. After all, I am told that to eat healthy I must make it myself, grow it myself and now I have to doctor myself and don’t forget I have to pay the mortgage and raise the kids and attempt to have a social life. How do I do all of this?
The answer is community. We don’t all have to do it all ourselves. The lack of trust in our basic systems like food and medicine show a lack of community in our world. Humans are meant to be part of community. We each fill different roles. Some make great food. Some heal. Some grow the food we love and others tend the beasts that may become our food. Others make clothing and build shelters. Certainly it’s good to be able to do some of these things for ourselves but we shouldn’t feel that we are the only one we can trust to do these things.
Looking back at our ancestors, they did not go off into groups of ones and twos and do it all themselves. They live din communities of extended families and each had a role. As time went on communities got larger and more extended families lived closer together. More people hunting larger game was better for the everyone. Everyone ate better. We find ourselves continuously drawn to companionship. We search for a role or purpose in our life. All of this is what draws us to community.
We do not have to do it all ourselves. We can rely on others. We need to find a way to create community again. Our choices shouldn’t be a faceless conglomerate or ourselves. We should have another choice.