Why it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

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Kevin Mangelschots

Today we’ll be talking about why it is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

It falls to me that even very smart people sometimes fail to adjust to our society. It’s not just the lowlifes who can’t adapt to our modern society. This comes as no surprise to me since there are many things wrong with our modern society.

So is it a measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society? I don’t think so. Let’s find out why.

Why is it no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society?

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But what if the average, or the norm, is wrong? What if it is out of wack? Well, then it would indeed not be good to be well-adapted.

Before, education by our parents and the school system taught people essential values such as respect, honesty, and integrity. Today, this focus has seemingly shifted towards coming out on top and attaining material wealth at all costs.

People want everything these days. They want to have children, but they also want to have as much free time as the people without the children, and to have no responsibilities just like the children. They want to have a lot of money, but don’t want to work long hours or put in the effort that goes along with achieving such material wealth.

Moral of the story, people want everything these days. All the benefits without all the disadvantages. But of course, this is a utopia, since choosing is losing. We must decide what we find most important, and live with the consequences, both the good and the bad ones.

Weight problems

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For example, we know that an average American individual is overweight. Even more worrying is that the average American person seems to be inching closer to being obese. Then does that mean it is appropriate to call Americans healthy if they weigh around the average, within the norm? Even if weighing around the average means being overweight? I would say no, and this is the case for many other things as well.

Keep in mind that I’m not trying to ridicule the American population. I’m merely trying to point out that it can sometimes be a fallacy to rely on averages and norms. Since norms are not always a measure of true health.

The weight example of the American population is just one example of the average and norm not being an accurate representation of our physical health. It is not only limited to physical health, but it applies to a variety of mental health subjects, and even life choices as well.

Social media

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While it is nowadays considered normal to spend many hours on social media each day, this was not the case for the generation that came before us. And while it might be considered normal now, I don’t think that it’s particularly healthy. Like with anything, it has to be done in moderation for it to be healthy. Abundance is not healthy.

Spending copious amounts of time on social media can twist our sense of reality. It can make us overly reliant on external validation. It can make us insecure by placing too much weight on the opinion of others, especially since we often don’t know those people personally who we have as friends on social media platforms.

Questionable ethics and values

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It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society when our ethics and values are all out of wack.

Our society frequently rewards morally questionable things such as lying and scheming. And while this might have been a thing in the past as well, I don’t think that it contributes to a well functioning and cooperative society in the long-run.

People who regularly lie frequently reap the short-term rewards or get promoted because they run away with other people’s accomplishments or simply because the manager want to promote away an underperforming employee. Yet, I still think that lying is detrimental for oneself and others over time.

Needless to say, over time, the employees’ who got their accomplishments stolen away by ambitious and devious coworkers will produce a drop in motivation and productivity.

On the other hand, promoting away the underperforming employee will wreak havoc in another part of the organization instead of solving the problem because the cause of the problem, which is the employee, simply gets switched to another part of the company. But at least one department is rid of the difficulty, right?

Material wealth, clout chasing, fame, and glory

Is being obsessed with material wealth healthy? Or with fame? Glory? Is it a good thing to be a clout chaser? These are all common things in western society. So common that the issue gets downplayed and sometimes even normalized.

A lot of people want the nicest car, the biggest house, the most expensive jewelry in order to show off their superiority and to feel better about themselves and their miserable existence.

Everything needs to be fun

Another popular trend that isn’t helpful in my opinion is that everything has to be fun. It is certainly true that it’s more enjoyable to do things that we like. And it for sure helps to motivate us in the long run if we do something that we care for and enjoy.

But sometimes, we need to do some things that we don’t necessarily like in order to learn valuable skills or to hone our abilities to attain future successes.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say you enjoy playing football, but you don’t enjoy cardio. Well, chances are large that you will need to train your cardiovascular endurance in order to be competitive and become better at football, since it requires good conditioning to be successful.

In this particular case, the football player will need to spend time training their conditioning by running, swimming, cycling or another form of cardio in order to be successful.

This is not limited to our hobbies, either, it applies to literally every facet of our lives.

Is our society sick?

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Let me start off by saying that society as a whole isn’t bad or sick. As a matter of fact, life has never been better than it is now! But there are some bad and toxic elements in it.

In some cases, it is indeed no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. But we should be careful to label a society that way, as not all components in it are bad or sick. Yet, there are still some things that are wrong with society today that could be improved with hard work.

Current society is quite good and provides multiple advantages for its citizens. We should celebrate it because even its mere existence is really not that self-evident.

Still, that doesn’t mean that we should conform to the bad elements in our society. And we should make it a point to improve the lesser parts while maintaining the good components.

Bad elements such as questionable ethics/values being rewarded, clout chasing, being overly focused on material wealth and power are not beneficial to the individual or society as an entirety.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What does it mean that it is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society?

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society means that being able to go with the flow, and act the same as the rest of society is healthy. Neither for you nor the rest of society.

As a matter of fact, this shows that you’re just as sickly as the rest of the sick society.

Picture this. Let’s say that the majority of society are murderers, and that you are able to adjust yourself to these murderers. How they think, how they act, and what they value and belief. You’re even able to live in cooperation with them. Does that make them, or you for that matter, less sick? In my eyes, it means you’re just as twisted as those around you.

Who said it is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society?

The quote, “it is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society” was first said by the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti

How do most people measure and define health?

Image describing that exercising regularly, eating healthy, reducing stress, and drinking plenty of water are all needed for living a healthy life.

Most people measure health compared to the current norm. Like we do with basically anything to make a conclusion if something is normal/average, or deviating from the norm.

The norm can basically be described as a range consisting around the average. With being slightly above and below the average, still being considered within the norm. This small deviation around the median is called the standard deviation.

The standard deviation is a measurement of the degree of fluctuation or scattering of a set of values.

Why do some people deviate from the average/norm?

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Most of the time, people who tend to consciously deviate from the norm do so because of one of the two following reasons:

  1. They do so because they think they know better, even though they don’t.

    As a result, they make worse decisions than the norm, and this means they deviate from the average.

  2. Because they effectively know better than the average population.

    This means they can come to better conclusions and make better decisions.

    That’s why you typically need to be obsessed, or risk remaining average for the rest of your life, if you want to be successful.

Final note

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We can conclude that in some cases, it is indeed no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. But we should be careful to label a society that way, as not all elements in it are bad or sick.

Current society as a whole isn’t bad and provides multiple advantages. And we should celebrate it because the existence of a relatively peaceful and cooperative society is really not that self-evident.

Still, that doesn’t mean that we should conform to the bad elements in our society. And we should make it a point to improve the lesser parts while maintaining the good components.

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