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Is it ever good to get sick?

This is a very challenging question, because even daring to ask the question can seem immoral, crass, or uncaring, especially when it arises out of medical work.  But at some point it becomes essential to ask this question when we strive to understand illness in the context of broader patterns of human growth and development.   The usual, reflexive answer to asking "is it ever good to get sick?" is "No."  We perceive illness as painful, dysfunctional, and representing a failure, a breaking down of the machine of the body.  Sometimes this failure comes through an invader (like a viral or bacterial infection), sometimes it comes from mistreatment (poor diet, alcohol, drugs), overuse of our body, or overexposure to toxic agents.  Sometimes it comes from an unknown failure in our own cellular or genetic machinery.  When all illness is characterized in this way--as a failure--we make lists of all possible failures and conclude that avoiding any and all such possible "failures" is go ...

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How do I find more Peace?--through the Life Sense. Living and Authentic Life, part 3.

            "How are you?"  That's a common greeting, which is usually answered more out of politeness than honesty.  Most of the time we answer casually, so that when someone does answer in a truthful way it is a little bit shocking--either because it is so negative ("Lousy!" which we probably would rather not know) or surprisingly good ("Fantastic!" which can seem a little Pollyanna, because nobody could really be walking around doing that well...).  But it is a good question to ask, especially of ourselves: "How am I?"  Maybe we don't routinely ask it because we already know that we are over-extended, or simply because there are so many things demanding our time and attention outside of ourselves so that there is little energy left for self-contemplation.  We get very good at training ourselves to ignore--actually override--any sense of how we are doing inwardly.  Instead, we use a little caffeine to rev us up when we are ...

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