Today, in America, if one has any ailment beyond the common cold (and sometimes even with just the common cold), the status quo is to see a doctor or specialist of some kind to help get through the ailment as swiftly and painlessly as possible.
Discomfort of any kind is seen as completely unacceptable. The same seems true for confusion, uncertainty, curiosity, or bewilderment.
If one openly admits any of these states of being, the average audience will respond without any pause with some version of, “I know a guy,” “my friend saw this doctor and loved her, here is her info,” or simply, “have you seen a doctor?”
It is almost impossible to even imagine someone responding with, “Keep digging and searching, you’ll learn a lot from this. And the harder the answer is to find, the more you’ll learn about yourself and life, in general.”
What a powerful, empowering, and freedom-anchored approach and response to an issue!
What does one learn when seeing a doctor to “fix” a problem? Anything? The doctor is not there to teach about this problem and the array of context it came from. The doctor is typically not even there to cure and reverse the problem. Instead, the doctor’s main priorities are to treat/subdue the symptoms of the problem and to allow the patient to feel satisfied with having come to that doctor to remove their pain. Neither of those necessarily address the core cause of the problem.
See, pain is viewed as an evil thing in our society – a point of view that itself amplifies any level of said pain. Conversely, seeing pain as part of growth will automatically reduce the sensation of that pain, because pain is as much a product of perspective as it is a physical reality.
Unfortunately, we do not see pain as potential to grow, so removing pain, whatever the cost, is held in highest regard.
What if, instead of making pain the enemy, we made growth and learning the goal, a goal that might indeed be arrived at through a path of some struggling and pain? If we accept pain as a part of the growth process and just keep trudging on, are we not exercising the exact freedom that we worship in Western society?
“Freedom” is having the choice to be happy. Freedom is not the guarantee of happiness. Freedom puts each individual in the driver’s seat, rather than the passenger seat.
So, what does one get by simply following the status quo and visiting a doctor or specialized professional to answer their problem asap? Any knowledge? Any power? Any independence?
It appears not. It appears that an average doctor’s visit results in any number of prescribed medications (each with their own side-effect symptoms), a diagnosis that may or may not be true, and most definitely a surge of personal dependence on that doctor and that medical system.
See, because we do not learn from the doctor, we simply become a slave to the doctor’s all-knowing expertise. When one medication fails, we trust that doctor to replace it with another one or simply add another one on. Is anyone ever told that the goal is to eventually never need that doctor or any medication ever again – to regain full independence?
No, because that wouldn’t be in the best interest of the medical business. Instead of grateful and happy patients, the medical system prefers dependent patients. This is perfectly understandable from a profit-aimed point of view.
How about, as Mark Twain (and many others) dubbed – take note of the direction of the majority and head the opposite way.
How about struggling, searching, learning, toiling with the symptoms and the reality of the situation and seeing where we end up.
I personally know from much experience that it would have been far more fulfilling to have struggled to the depths of my soul to earn a “C” grade on a test than to have stolen the answer key and received a carefully orchestrated “A-” through no real effort of my own. Actually, to be honest, I assume it’d be more fulfilling to earn the “C,” as to know that it would bring more fulfillment would mean I actually did that (I always chose the answer-key path).
To get to 70-80% of optimal health through struggle, relentless self-experimentation, confusion, and bewilderment will be infinitely more satisfying and fulfilling, and thereby healthier in the long run, than reaching 95% symptom-free living while having no clue why or how the x-number of medications do what they do and how long it’ll last. Right?
Often times, the doctor is just an answer key to a problem that when embraced and pursued relentlessly and independently would have been one of the most fruitful journeys in one’s life.