BTW, Speaking about justice…

Where does nature end and culture start?

Posted on: February 14, 2010

We are born with certain standards of health. Survive the initial assessments (two hands, two feet, one head, and a loud cry) we save ourselves from incubators and tubes. “A healthy baby”, declares the medic. How do we know that we are healthy?

We aspire to standards of health supplied by the media. Often taken for granted, we grow up seeing health as as given even though we work hard to maintain a well balanced physique. Salad for cookies, weight bench for couch, supplements for candies. Health is a non tradable commodity, but we commercialize various aspects of health on a daily basis.

Health is a culture on its own. Health as we know it represents a value of discipline and rational choices. How are these values defined? Who decides? What choices do we have? Or have our choices been “rationalized” by the invisible hands of the market? Are we then, disciplined by a ruling class we’ve never thought about?

-JB

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