By Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, et. al.
Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, is emeritus professor of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
A medical doctor selling anti-aging therapy but a cynical „memento mori“ by the skeleton in the corner of his office…..
Rudolf Steiner: “Health is something for which every man naturally longs. We may say this longing for health derives indeed not only from egotistic feelings and wishes, but also from the justified longing for work and caring for others. We owe thanks for our capacity to work, for the possibility of becoming effective (productive) in the world, to our health.”
“Hence, it is that we treasure health as a quite special beneficence. Indeed, there lies in this way of thinking about health something of the highest significance for its pursuit. In a certain way, one can say that there is contained therein the secret of the particular circumstances under which health becomes at all worth pursuing. That the pursuit of health should only under certain circumstances be worthwhile might appear unusual. Our considerations today, however, should disclose that health belongs to those virtues that most readily become a reality in us if we pursue them not for their own sake, but for another’s. That this does not always happen today can be taught us if we but look out into our present surrounding world.”
However, remarkable it may see when speaking of the feverish pursuit of health, the feverish insistence upon health, yet it is possible today for many to make their own observations. With what means, in what countless ways, and at what costs do people today press towards health!
Robert Gorter: “Everywhere, we find a hurried pursuit of instant health. We may travel through regions in which old castles and ruins tell us of monks and knights who once could call strength of spirit and of body their own. Today, they have fallen into decay and replacing them in these same regions we find sanitaria (health spas and beauty farms). Was there ever in any time of world evolution when such a variety of special efforts to achieve health, beauty and eternal life on earth by natural (and unnatural) ways of living, by water- or aero-healing methods; by yoga and physical exercises; by endless supplements, trace elements, plant extracts from far-away jungles and venom of numerous reptiles?”
Immer jung (young for ever)
“Today, there are hardly people who will not tell you that it is a matter of a few decades and science will have found an answer to all our current health problems and prevent or effectively battle any disease by gene manipulation, by repair through mini robots much smaller than a red blood cell, etc. And thus, modern science will provide a sure way for a (almost) eternal life on earth with no (or little) suffering.”
What more does one need to be convinced that one`s pursuit of health and happiness depends on the production –or supplementation- of hormones?
Robert Gorter has observed that one of the main concepts in Health and Anti-Aging is that by maintaining hormone production as it is till the age of 35 years into high age, the physical body will keep up its fitness and youth. Life expectancy will go up from 93 years of age to 200 years of age under the premises that one start with supplementation before hormone production goes into its physiologic decline.
Robert Gorter concludes that the underlying urge for fanatic pursuit of health and youth through patches, pills and injections to prevent aging is fear of death. (See also the work of Sigmund Freud’s student Erich Fromm).
Erich Seligmann Fromm (1900-1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School of critical theory.
Click here to read more: Rudolf Steiner – Illusory Illness and the Feverish Pursuit of Health (December 2014)