Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Lies of life - Gesundheit / Health

When I think about health, a lot of things come to my mind:

Health is a good we mainly ignore, as long as we trust in the function of our body.
Health is not everything, but without health everything is in vain.
Health is partly inherited, and partly the product of our actions.
Health cannot be overestimated, especially in times of illnesses.
Health cannot be bought, maybe a way to recover it.

Isn't that a mysterious thing to talk about?

What is health?

The absence of illness?
Our regular state?
A gift of nature?
Good luck?

The most widely accepted definition of health is that of the World Health Organization (WHO). It states that "health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (WHO, 1946). In more recent years, this statement has been modified to include the ability to lead a "socially and economically productive life."

I don't know, but I never have been healthy in that way. Something must have gone wrong, at least since leaving the sheltered childhood.
Maybe we struggle hard and health can be a wish to pursuit.

Sometimes it will occur on the horizon and then it turns into a Fata Morgana when we we reach towards it.
Maybe we try to stay sane as one of our main goals in life.
Maybe we try to avoid physical illness as another important aim.

But altogether health is something unattainable. Like a nirvana. But it keeps us going and we hope for it, our greatest "Deus ex machina". If we do not think about it, it will be there.


Blogger pandoria said...

Hello Konrad!
First of all: very nice blog!
And then:
I do share your opinion concerning the presumptuous definition of health given by the WHO. It's really overkilling!
Greetings from a rather physical, mental and social well-being person who, by the way, studied in Bamberg ;-)

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