In the current world, we are numbers – Science makes us numbers, statistics, targets. In Public Health, we are COSTS. Our lifestyles are judged by the numbers of us that do costly activities like eating too much, drinking too much, smoking at all – and now vaping. We have no names – just numbers.
There is something very horrible about Epidemiological Science – Public Health – Governments – modern medicine. Mr Furlong has health issues. The National Health Service here in the UK, simply give medications from a “menu” that all doctors, without thought of him personally, have to prescribe by law. So, simply being a statistic of men who have TIA’s or Non Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, he takes medication for cholesterol he doesn’t have, high blood pressure he doesn’t have and diuretics he doesn’t need. And the notorious Statins. He is not Mr Furlong – there is no empathy for the actual MAN, he is simply a number.
I found this wonderful video of Jane Goodall speaking
Quote – At the beginning of her career, she was heavily criticized for naming the chimpanzees she was observing. “I was told you have to give them numbers because you have to be objective as a scientist,” Goodall says in the video, “and you mustn’t empathize with your subject. And I feel this is where science has gone wrong. To have this coldness, this lack of empathy, has enabled some scientists to do unethical behavior.”
“I think empathy is really important, and I think only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential.”