Perhaps it's his discussion of the mental process of deciding that we're sick that so impressed me, but waking up this morning to find that I had an outrageous cold, after having felt the throaty adumbrations yesterday, reminded me of this extraordinarily excellent series and sent me, not for the first time, to the Internet to see whether it existed anywhere for purchase (DVD, VHS, even in the inconvenient PAL format).
Miller might be misguided in some of his broader world-view perspectives, but in this series, he is brilliant and illuminating concerning his original area of endeavor (the human body, its disease and wellness, and our relationship to this vehicle that we coexist with until we die).
His point about deciding that we're sick is a subtle but important one: regardless of what the body is actually doing, we can be in denial or blindness concerning its happenings, and it's only when we actually make a mental course correction and declare ourselves "ill" that we can begin to move to the halfway point of liaising with the medical knowledge and technology that are available to help us and that can let us heal more quickly and effectively. On the other hand, we also surrender some of our control and autonomy when we become, to whatever extent we do, a "patient." So this morning I said "ah-hah!" and went back to bed after calling in sick.
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