Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The human tune up is not based on technology

Subtle Yoga offers a free online version of Thomas Moore's column "I am Not Hardwired!" from Spirituality & Health's September-October 2011 issue. Moore laments the popular metaphor of the human body as machine, and the reduction of human behaviours to biological materialism: "Whether we like it or not, if we are breathing, we are emotional, spiritual, purposeful, and relational beings. So-called physical sex is full of meaning and emotion, even if these are suppressed or ignored." He proposes that medical practitioners focus on meanings and connections, rather than only on outcomes.