What is the current health of the world?
- Some 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, including the poorest in the world
- Today, an estimated 1.2 billion people (20%) of the world’s population do not have a safe source of water. Each year, roughly 3.4 million people, mostly children, die from water-related diseases and some 2.2 million die from diarrheal diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.
Sources: UNESCO, WHO.
In everyday life, there is much more focus on physical health than there is on mental health. Society has become obsessed with the ‘body beautiful’. Yet it is the mind – not the body – that holds the key to a ‘beautiful world’.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
– World Health Organisation (WHO) 1948
As there is so little attention given to humanity’s ‘state of mind’, the many problems in the world have been repeating themselves for centuries. It is why wars continue, why violence is common place in society, and why people feel depressed about their lives. Due to these reasons, people turn to drugs, alcohol and other stimulants – anything to feel a little happier and possibly escape from the routine and monotony of their existence. This may sound bleak, but for so many people, this is life as they know it.
It was recently reported in a British newspaper, that 1 in 3 people are being prescribed some type of anti-depressant drug. Many other countries regardless of economic status, have reported similar figures. People feel empty inside and are looking for some way to feel better about their life.
Yes, there are many physical health issues in the world, but the greatest threat to humanity today is not our physical health…but our mental health. It is our mental state of mind that is responsible for every decision that we make. One bad decision can drop your life into a world of despair. One good decision can put you on a path to true happiness and joy. Abstaining from making decisions only puts our life on hold. And life will only let you put things on hold for a short time before it compels you to choose a direction.
To improve the health of humanity, we need to spend more time developing our mind and not just our body.
The Psychological issues:
When you look into the hearts and minds of many people today, you can sense the emptiness inside. People are despondent about the repetitive routine of their lives. They are disappointed about not fulfilling the potential that they have. As they also work such long hours, they are often tired and stressed. They may sense that life could be so much more than what they are living, and yet they are often at a loss as to what they can do to change things. These are some of the reasons why many people end up seeing ‘shrinks or therapists’ as they are often called. People are just not happy in their lives. They want to do more. They want to achieve more. They want to feel more alive!
Now…try to imagine how much harder it has to be, for the 3 billion or so people that still struggle to survive on less than $2 a day. Compared to these people, most people live in a world of luxury, yet even so, still feel empty and unfulfilled.
The Wise approach:
The health of humanity is tightly bound to the systems that we have created. Our current economic system forces us to work for a living. It does not free us ‘to live’. It controls our lives.
In an intelligent world, this would not be the case. We would create a world that ‘served us’, not enslaved us. If we are willing to work together, we possess the ability to create this world. We could easily design a world that would allow us to work a maximum of about 3 days a week and spend the other 4 enjoying life or pursuing other goals and interests. When you bring into play the support of 3 billion or so more people, it lightens the workload for everyone. The benefits of building a ‘cooperative and peaceful’ world are far too numerous to mention here, but not being a slave to a ‘working life’ has to be one of the best. People would be able to spend more time with their families. They would actually be able to enjoy and ‘live life’, instead of just struggling on one day after the next.
Having a much more positive and stress-free life would help raise the health standards of all people. Combine this with a healthier and more peaceful world society, cleaner environment, more flexible working conditions, and you have the makings of a truly happier and more vibrant world.
All it takes is our decision to make it happen!