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Light of Mankind

Light of Mankind

I had the honor of moving my son into his apartment this past weekend. He is finally reaching his senior year in college. We worked hard together for twenty-four hours loading and unloading, arranging furniture, and putting everything from pots and pans to toothbrushes away. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. I drove home Sunday morning.

On the way home, I noticed an extraordinary traffic volume along the Music Highway going to Nashville, Tennessee. Why? Well of course, the eclipse. It was reported that a million tourists had made the sojourn to Nashville in order to experience the full effect of the solar eclipse. I don't know if a million visitors actually showed up or not, but there was a huge number of cars on the road for a Sunday morning.

Perhaps it was a slow news cycle that made the media fixate on the solar eclipse as something to behold. Everyone seemed to be talking about the eclipse and its potential impacts on us, as if our human physiology would be affected by the moon blocking out the sun for a short duration of time (minutes). There were warnings about looking at the sun without special sun glasses as it darkened. The sun's rays could damage our vision. There was advice about putting our pets inside the home since our pets could potentially look up to search for the reason why the sky darkened and accidentally get vision damage. Seriously? I doubt my dogs would look to the sky if the sun was blocked out for a moment or two. I cannot get them to look at me when I am trying to bribe them with a bone. Last I looked, bones do not fall from the sky.

Solar and lunar eclipses hold mystical and mythological powers. Why do you think millions of people migrated to areas that were one hundred percent blocked? They were attracted to the same power that the ancients were. The missing sun motif is a theme in the myths of various cultures. It may have served to explain any of several natural phenomena, including the disappearance of the sun at night, the shorter days during the winter, or even solar eclipses. Most myths following the motif involve the disappearance of a solar deity, through imprisonment, exile or death. Light imprisoned by the dark. One could argue that the world is going through its own eclipse, the Light of Mankind is definitely being affected by the Evil Darkness of Terrorism.

I cannot imagine living in the ancient world and witnessing the loss of sunlight during a solar eclipse. What would it mean to lose the sun, only to have it return momentarily? A message from the gods: light cannot be extinguished, the darkness never obscures the light for long. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.

As a modern culture, we have lost much of our mysticism, especially related to the meaning of most of the natural phenomenon that typically disrupts our daily activities such as thunder storms, tornados, hurricanes, floods, snow storms, eclipses and mud slides. Solstices and equinoxes are also seldom celebrated anymore as significant events related to Mother Nature other than the changes of the seasons. The phases of the moon are still included on our calendars, but we seldom make mention of their influences on patients or associate phases of the moon with onset or retirement of disease. Other more Eastern cultures recognize the effects of nature on our health, but Westernized Allopathic Occidental Medicine does not.

Science has not been kind to the health mythologies and folklores of the ancient worlds, most of the accepted health related dogma of the oldest civilizations have been disproven either directly or indirectly. Traditional Chinese medicine seems to be accepted more and more despite of the lack of science to affirm the theories of Chi movement through our bodies.

As members of nature, we should embrace nature and experience the natural world every chance we get. The solar eclipse reminds us that nature exists, nature is important to us and without the sun and the moon weaving their mysteries, domestic farming would not exist, food would be in short demand and primitive ideologies might still greatly influence our personal and societal behaviors.

If you wonder how important the Gaia is on our health and well being, look around you. Have you experienced a mood disturbance when the seasons change? When Winter arrives bringing gray skies, limited daylight and cold weather, do you get depressed? Have you ever hiked above timberline? Has your spirit been lifted as you trekked to the highest summits in your area, if not the world? What experiences have you listed on your bucket list? I bet you want to travel to remote places on the Earth and witness or experience something sacred or holy in nature. The changes of the tides are due to the gravitational pull of the Moon on the Earth's oceans. Some physicians believe that we are affected by the same gravitational pull by the Moon.

The more we humanize nature, the greater its psychosocial impacts it has on us. Nature knows no mercy. Life on life is the theme that penetrates all creatures great and small, including us. Nature is uncivilized and it has unique fractal relationships that make it unpredictable and mysterious. Man is linear in all ways.

Nature is not racist. Animals have no respect for any other animal, however they have fear of another animal if they are its prey or that animal preys on their offspring. It was an interesting man-made phenomenon to schedule hundreds of anti-racist protests around the country, which actually showcased every form of racism, before the solar eclipse occured. The Light of Mankind confronting Darkness.

So where were you when the Moon eclipsed the Sun? I was taking care of patients in my office. I did not walk out to see the darkness, nor did my patient. We paid no attention to the Darkness that befell us. But others took the day off, just to see if the Moon could actually block the Sun. And it did. Millions of people are making their way home today, perhaps feeling somewhat enlightened or happy to scratch one more item off their list of things to experience before they die. The Eclipse Metaphor just passed them by.

I was happy to go home and have a peaceful dinner and watch replays of the eclipse on the television. It was actually more fascinating watching the crowds watching the eclipse than seeing the eclipse itself. Primitive man at his best is always entertaining as long as he is peaceful. And he was.

The Light of Mankind confronting Darkness.

Doc

Posted by Amanda Sanders at 9:17 AM
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