Saturday, December 7, 2013
Fear of disease is a fear of death- or more specifically, fear of a change of physical and/or emotional state, whether it is the state of death, or a different, less-abled state of life that is equated with death.
Resistance to disease is a resistance to inability, suffering and finally death.
When describing disease, disease is reduced to militaristic terms- invasion, occupation, resistance, attack, defense, -or moralistic terms- lapse, relapse, falling, rising. Therefore, if one succumbs to illness, one is viewed as either a victim or a morally corrupted or ambiguous individual. The words we use are associated with more problematic human pursuits.
Although a line is drawn between mental and physical illness, for practicality’s sake, the two forms of illness are inextricably linked. The illness of one often follows the other. The brain is, after all, an organ.
One can be surrounded by friends and family but one still dies as alone as anybody.