Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves. ~ Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover’s response to the Great Depression– a fiscally conservative approach that relied more on a call to confidence and volunteerism than governmental intervention – failed as the businessmen and consumers he sought to inspire refused to dance to the tune that he piped.
Hoover’s presidency marked a transition between the old and the new, the tipping point between the country’s Jeffersonian roots and the realities of an increasingly urbanized modern society. His response to the Great Depression, which hit just eight months after he took office, tested his resolve and ideology. To his credit (and he is not viewed as one of our better Presidents by many), he stuck to his guns, refusing to let the pressure of the situation sway him from his fiscally conservative convictions.
I was intrigued by his quote this morning as its underlying principle holds true when considering the health of our physical bodies. Systemic health is dependent upon cellular health. Properly functioning mitochondria provide sufficient energy to maintain healthy cells in an increasingly toxic world, and healthy cells determine in large part the relative vitality of tissues. Strong, hydrated, elastic tissue then forms robust organs that combine to create a healthy you.
Cellular health is the foundation for wellbeing. The world we’ve created for ourselves, particularly since the advent of the industrial revolution, presents an increasingly toxic terrain into which the cells that compose the body of humanity are born. Toxins, both endogenous and exogenous are rapidly accumulating in living things, causing impairment of normally functioning systems that eventually manifests as what we call disease.
Homotoxicology is a promising system of medicine that focuses on relieving the body of these pernicious invaders, both biologically and energetically. Based on the idea that healthy components make up a healthy whole, homotoxicology recognizes that layers of imbalance and toxicity can be peeled away by supporting the body’s natural pathways for detoxification, step-by-step until the original cause or imbalance is addressed at its source.
I remember my macroeconomics professor at the University of Michigan describing the fact that much of what happens in an economy is based on human emotion, which is given shape incidentally, through the foggy lens called human perception. I can understand why President Hoover was so intent on bolstering producer and consumer confidence, for absent that foundation governmental, top-down intervention – even when massive – more often than not, fails to achieve the desired result.
We matter more than we tend to think we do, just as our cells matter more than we tend to think they do. Problem-solving requires first and foremost the establishment of the right perspective on the matter. Too close and you’ll lose the forest for the trees. Too far and you’ll miss critical detail. Whether you’re considering how to regain personal health or how to reestablish a healthy economy, the principles are the same. The variation comes in application.
Take care not to write off an approach just because it didn’t work out as expected, in the timing you had anticipated and in the way you envisioned. Free will is just one of the many causal factors that determines the shape of the future and sometimes a good thing or a valuable solution can be overlooked because it wasn’t received properly in the soil in which it was planted.
I am hesitant to declare President Hoover’s approach a failure for this reason. From what I can see, the principles underpinning his ideology are at work – when the fitting application is made – in other fields. At any rate, we rose from the ashes then and signs are positive that we’re rising up from our more recent experience with the Great Recession.
They say that time heals all wounds, but I am not so sure that we have the time to let that work out in every situation. The healing of economic wounds as well as wounds of the physical body can be supported, but mustn’t be overly interfered with.
We are here to play an conscious and active role as we shape the future and with that comes a responsibility to think about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
A laissez-faire attitude just won’t do, for someone else cannot do what you are here to do!