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To Purchase "The End Of Medicine",
Introducing The Three Fold Social Organism.
The World Physician diagnoses the present condition of the
It is obvious to anyone who is a practicing anthroposophist
and/or a macrobiotic practitioner the current state of the world,
if looked at as a world organism, is profoundly ill.
It is not really necessary to go into a great deal of detail
in this essay to show how the world is ill as the entire contents
of The Alchemycal Pages is devoted to showing how and why illness
and health arises.
However, it is important to point out that what is "out
there" in the world is not "out-there" it
is a reflection of the inner physical, emotional, psychological
and spiritual condition of each and every individual living on
the planet at any one time.
Thus, the condition of the environment air, water, soil
and vegetation also reflects the condition of pathological
degeneration humanity is presently showing individually in terms
of cancer, AIDS and other chronic infectious illnesses, diabetes,
obesity, heart pathology, asthma, allergies, mental illness, etc.
Thus, it is not suprising that the environment is also ill
as evidenced by the pollution and poisoning of the air, water
and soil, and the sick and weak condition of animals, insects,
crops, plants and trees.
It is also necessary to repeat that with respect to illness
of the human individual modern medical science is entirely incapacitated
and crippled with regard to having any solution to the problem
of human illness and health. Modern medical science is intellectually
bankrupt and is, essentially, a bogus science, amounting to nothing
more than a modern superstition.
Other symptoms of the condition of the world population is
the plethora of social ills as manifested in wars, terrorism,
"ethnic cleansing", totalitarian states, nationalism,
spying, 'homeland security', 'war on drugs', social security and
Now, when we look at what is considered to be the barometer
of the health of a culture or society, the world economy, we also
find, not surprisingly, it is entirely sick down to its very entrails.
Of course, it is entirely the temper of our times that every
measure of success and health has been cast in terms of money
and wealth, despite the fact that this is a bogus idea.
The whole gargantuan edifice of contemporary government and
politics is based on making sure the perception is maintained
among the voting populace that the economy is sound and people
are making money and becoming wealthy. Enormous amounts of money
and time and effort are spent to assure everyone that the finances
of the world are in good shape and responsible policies are in
place to ensure the robustness of the economy. This in fact, to-day,
consists of the main job of a contemporary politician and political
party. Especially if they want to remain in office , that is,
be re-elected, or be elected anyway.
However, notwithstanding, or especially, because of, the efforts
of the modern corporate state and its political agenda, one cannot
separate the condition of the people from the condition of the
Thus, when a book appears with a title "How come we feel
so bad when we have it so good", as one did a few years ago
while the biggest stock-market bubble in history was merrily underway
(the consequences of which, which we are now only beginning to
experience, will make the Great Depression look like a Sunday
afternoon picnic in the park), one who knows of the relationship
of the condition of the people to the condition of the economy
knew that the stock market was being manipulated to fool everyone
into thinking that everything is fine.
Much like the endless propaganda of the medical-pharmaceutical
complex that the "war on cancer" is winnable and "we
just need more funds" for research.
It really doesn't matter a whole lot how much money people
have if they are hopelessly ill with cancer, arthritis, AIDS,
hepatitis, asthma, diabetes, lupus, constipation, heart disease,
kidney failure, anemia and are wracked with pain in their backs,
necks, shoulders or joints walking around with 100 lbs of excess
baggage in the form of obesity and they cannot get any sleep at
No amount of money can purchase love, joy, vitality, peace
of mind, inner security, health and a life free from physical
pain. These attributes simply cannot be bought at any price, anywhere.
So, why the obsession with money, and wealth cast in the form
of monetary aggregates, when, in the end, all the money in the
world amounts to Too Much of Nothing? This obsession can only
be described as a terminal mental illness on a world-wide scale.
The State of The World Economy.
The condition of the world economy is such today that it is
"sick down to its very entrails", because the condition
of the people of the world is that they are all sick in their
entrails (my book "The End Of Medicine" describes this
It is important to know the symptoms which indicate that this
is in fact the present situation, keeping in mind that the world
economy is the thermometer reading of the condition of the billions
of people active at their "daily bread" each day, week,
and month of the year.
Just as we need to understand facial diagnosis, the Five Transformation
Theory, the principles of yin and yang and meridian diagnosis
in order to correctly evaluate the condition of a person, we need
to have a grasp of the fundamental diagnostic tools of finance
to correctly evaluate the condition of the economy.
In its simplest form, we measure the health of any economic
enterprise by means of the accounting ledger. On one hand we have
the amount of money we earn as capital assets and on the other
we have the amount of money we spend as capital liabilities.
And, as in macrobiotic terms, we are healthy when we have
the proper balance of yin and yang in our bodies, so, if we wish
to be financially healthy, we need to have the proper balance
between assets and liabilities in our ledger of daily activity.
Ideally, we need to be solvent, so that we can pay for our
liabilities with our assets and have some assets left over so
we are always in a state of solvency. If we have too many liabilities
and not enough assets then we are in a state of indebtedness,
which is a sign that our finances are in a state of ill-health.
The economy of the United States is by far the largest in
the world at the present time. The gross annual World Domestic
Product (all the money generated by the world population's "daily
bread" in the course of 365 days) is 33 Trillion dollars.
The annual Gross Domestic Product of the United States is
10 trillion dollars. The population of the US is approximately
5% of the world population and its generates 33% of world domestic
This is obviously an unhealthy financial situation by any
standards, indicating a gross imbalance in the world economy.
One has to enquire how can it be possible that 5% of the world's
population can generate 33% of the world's product.
And what one finds is that this is done by the creation of
debt instruments, not by "daily bread". As of today
the total debt of the United States, (Federal, Corporate and Household
Debt) is 32 Trillion dollars.
So, the balance sheet, the accounting ledger of the United
States of America economy shows in the capital assets column 10
trillion dollars and on the capital liabilities column shows liabilities
of 30 trillion dollars.
And, today, the percentage growth in the debt liabilities
of households is increasing faster than that of household income.
The Government of the United States is thus clearly bankrupt
as I write these words. Congress recently granted the US Treasury
an increase in the "debt ceiling" of 450 Billion dollars
to over 5 Trillion dollars and here is what US Treasury Secretary
had to say:
""If it (the debt limit) had
not been increased, it would have put we in the Treasury in the
position where we would have had to make a choice between defaulting
(on debt payments) or ...using shaky, I might even say potentially
fraudulent, accounting devices to paper over a lack of action
"I'm very pleased we didn't reach that point, because
...I do not think we in the Treasury should put ourselves in the
position of where we could be accused ...of following the horrendous
accounting policies and practices that have come to the surface
in private companies in recent months. We will set the standard
for integrity in accounting practices and policies."
What he fails to say is that this increase in the debt limit
is only enough to cover the obligations of the US Treasury through
December 31, 2002! And if this is not a tacit admission that the
US debt cannot and therefore will never be paid, I do not know
Now, it is not my intention here to get into any political
debate, because, fundamentally, the state of the world economy
is not essentially about politics, and to berate politicians and
the fiat money banking regimes of the world for the present situation
is simply to miss the point of the picture I am drawing here.
For the past three years or so, I have been making a study
of how the present state of the world economy has reached the
sick condition, from an economic perspective, it is presently
in, and I have found the following web-sites to be of great value
for the detailed information and deep insight provided by a host
of independent analysts and economic philosophers, material that
is nowhere to be found in the financial pages of the local paper
or from the organs of Wall Street, either printed or electronic.
Probably the most important essay I have read on how the United
States economy has been deliberately driven into its present parlous
state is to be found at:
Please print out and read this essay, "The Short Sellers
Nightmare", several times.
It is not my intention to provide a detailed economic analysis
here as you can get all the information needed from these websites.
Current Form of Governance.
It is important to restate the observation that the state
of the world is symptomatic of the condition of the individuals
who comprise the world population. Since we know how and why the
people get ill and remain that way from the contents of the rest
of The Alchemycal Pages, what is interesting is to observe how
the condition of the people of the world is reflected in the form
of governance that has arisen in modern times.
The present form of governance is the centralized State, which
today oversees and controls every aspect of the life of the individual,
or, at the very least, if it has not yet succeeded in so doing
completely, definitely has that goal as its ambition.
I need to point out that the present form of government cannot
be considered modern in any sense of the word modern. Essentially
what has evolved politically today is an imprudent miscegenation
of Roman Imperialism and Medieval Feudalism. Thus, the present
form of government is between 1000 - 2000 years out-of-date! It
is therefore, at its best, antiquated, irrelevant, impertinent
and impotent and, at worst, a fundamental driving force of social
disharmony and human and environmental destruction (much like
In the phrase of Rudolf Steiner, present government is a "social
The Three Fold Human Organism.
The human organism can be viewed from many perspectives and
one of the most essential to understand is its three fold nature.
The three fold nature of the human organism is seen as follows:
Head and Central Nervous Organization Thinking
Heart/Lung and Blood Circulation Organization Feeling
Digestion/Metabolic and Limb Organization Willing (Action).
We can think, feel and act as a result of these three constituents
of our total organization, and we have consciousness of these
three due to the fourth aspect of the human being, the "ego".
For the purposes of this discussion I am only going to refer
to the three fold aspect.
Now, when we observe the workings of the healthy human organism
as a whole, we find that these three aspects function independently
of one another and yet co-operate so their functions are integrated
in such a way that the totality is reflected in a healthy mind,
heart and digestion/metabolism.
In the case of an unhealthy human individual we find that
these three do not function in co-operative harmoniousness but
there is a break down of their independence such that nervous
activities interfere in the blood activities, blood activities
interfere in the nervous system, and the digestive metabolic
activities are disharmoniously interfering in both the proper
activity of the blood and the nervous tissue. All illnesses of
the human individual can be seen, to a lesser or greater extent,
as symptoms of the disturbed and non-integrative activity of the
three fold human organism.
The Three Fold Social Organism.
The human social organism is here seen as the collective activity
of all the individuals in the country where they are geographically
located. Furthermore, the manner in which the society chooses
to arrange its affairs is seen to be a reflection of the condition
of the individuals who constitute the social organism of a country.
If we look at the social organism in the same way we have
looked at the human organism in its three fold nature then we
find that the expression of its three foldedness consonant with
the human organism's three fold nature is as follows:
Heart Law and Justice (Governance)
Guts Agriculture and Business, Economy
Culture refers to those activities engaged by human individuals
in the realm of education, the arts and sciences, sports, entertainment
and religious, spiritual devotion.
Governance is the presiding over the realm of law, justice
and the defense of the country.
The guts of a country is the practice of agriculture and the
business activities that spring from the people who are able to
The Healthy Social Organism.
If a social organism of any country wishes to be healthy and
harmonious in its daily activity then, as in the individual human
organism, the three constituents must operate independently and
Thus culture education, the arts and sciences, religious
activities -must in no way shape or form have any government influence
or interference, nor can government interfere in business and
agricultural activities. These three must all act independently
of one another.
The proper domain of government, with regard to the internal
affairs of its people, is to ensure that fairness and justice
prevail in their dealings with one another. Therefore its role
is limited to regulation only in the sense that grievances and
unethical, illegal behavior in any of the domains is decided by
law and the courts of justice.
It is of course nonsense to suggest that today's cultural
and business activities is in any way, shape or form operating
without government interference. Government interference has spread
like a cancer into virtually every aspect of individual and social
life, where it does not belong.
Now, like any cancer for which the appropriate steps are not
taken, the cancer of today's antiquated government will merely
continue to grow until the country is terminal, that is, all the
people of the culture and therefore the country itself, is dead.
In the next instalment I intend to describe in more detail
what steps need to be taken to heal the world of the terminal
cancer of today's government in any country.
If you wish to learn more about the Three Fold Social Organism,
the idea for which originates with Rudolf Steiner, you can read
these three books by him:
Renewal of The Social Organism
The Social Future
Towards Social Renewal
(All published by Anthroposophic Press)
1041 Kains Avenue
Albany, CA 94706.
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