The Mortal Morality: Why Are They Killing Us?
The medical community navigates a course which seems to violate all aspects of common sense. In the face of overwhelming evidence, they steadfastly stick to their approach to cancer and HIV-AIDS as purely curable diseases. They are fixed in their mindset that any human affliction can be conquered by administering the right combination of artificial chemicals. They do not seek to understand the nature of the disease, or the reasons for its spread, but only to find the elusive "cure," a chemical paliative which would eradicate the nasty cancer cells and HIV-AIDS viruses allowing victims to live happily ever after. There is a lot of intrinsic value to this approach in the eyes of the medical establishment. The researcher who first proposes the right chemical cocktail not only assures himself of a Nobel prize, but the undying adulation of the masses as a champion of mankind. Not to mention that the royalties from such a drug which would run into the billions of dollars.
But something has been going wrong in this perfect little scenario: Nobody's found the right combination yet. Some of the more astute medical researchers will concede that there will never be such a thing as a pill to cure cancer or an injection to cure HIV-AIDS. There is a slow realization in the medical community that these killers cannot be stopped by a formula which could be sold to Pfizer or Glaxo.
But then what do you do? Do you say to the universities and foundations which have kicked in billions of dollars of research funds to find the cures for cancer and HIV-AIDS: "Sorry, we goofed?" Although this realization that research is on a dead-end street is slowly permeating through the medical authorities, which one of them is going to lead the movement to dismantle the research labs? It would be sheer blasphemous madness for any doctor to even consider this. It would be a clear violation of the Hippocratic Oath!
Or would it?
Why must medicine be medicinal? Why must the eradication of inevitable diseases be the only goal of medicine? Why can we not attempt to understand, rather than conquer disease?
What really is cancer? What really is HIV-AIDS?
Consider for a moment that our view of ourselves as the undisputed masters of this planet is erroneous. We believe that there is no challenge we cannot meet, no environmental factor we cannot defeat, nothing that we cannot manipulate to our own ends. It may take some time, goes this belief, but if we apply ourselves completely, no task is beyond us.
Yet we have forgotten what the wisdom of nature tells us. We are integral, inherent parts of a greater system: An interactive living organism which the ancients called Gaia. We are but cells in the body of the planet Earth to the extent that the few of us who have temporarily left this planet need to take its environment along with them: an expensive and lugubrious process. If you have any questions about that, just check out what proportion of the International Space Station is exclusively dedicated to supporting the life of the astronauts: Most of the station is essentially dedicated to life support.