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Can We Heal Society?
heal headaches, the flu, and even cancer.
But can we help heal society?
Illness is not unique to individuals.
There are social ills as well. As
healers, can we truly make a difference in society?
rape and robbery. What cause such
violence? What if we looked at violence
as a sad "symptom" of a larger social imbalance? Perhaps violence is an easy-to-see
"inflammation" that accompanies a harder-to-see problem within
society. Like any illness, the symptoms
are usually more visible than the cause itself.
within our own body usually comes from a variety of complex causes. Poor nutrition, stress, contagion might all
combine to create illness. Likewise,
social ills are caused by a complex combination of causes. So what causes violent behavior? Perhaps harming another becomes easier when
we undervalue human life. Is the human
existence considered something sacred?
Or is it something lowly and innately soiled? In general, do we feel connected and linked
to our neighbors, as part of a single whole?
Or are we separate entities, foreign, individual beings? History defines us in certain categories,
where people of "other" categories are separate. Biases for race, religion, nationality and
gender have all created "us" versus "them" over the
centuries. This separation can be as
fancy as political foreign policy, or as simple as the competitive games we
teach our children, where one side plays against the other. We create opponents instead of partners. We score points over one another, instead of
working together, as one, for a common goal.
The games in life may change as we grow up, but how we treat the other
players sometimes stays the same.
behavior often erupts, like a pressure cooker exploding when people become
frustrated. What causes such
frustration? What natural parts of life
have been choked off, stifled to create the type of pressure that causes
someone to lash out? This frustration
can come from large-scale social pressures like poverty or prejudice, or can be
as simple as the frustration we all have felt on a lonely night.
offenders show that jails are only temporary band-aids. (They wipe the nose, without curing the
cold.) As healers, can we diagnose the
causes of social ills, and not merely treat the symptoms? Can we send our magical energies (as well as
tangible deeds) towards things that weave us all closer together, rather than
those that divide us farther apart? Can
we share the things that make each other's life full of blessing and joy,
rather than full of anger and frustration?
While no one person can change it all, we can each look for solutions in
our own personal lives, with the people we affect every day. Can we help heal society? The patient's life depends on it!