An excerpt from Chapter VIII – Endeavor to Avoid Preference for the Sake of Preference – from my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health…
“We all go through life developing preferences, often blindly, without much thought as to whether they are good or bad for us. Such preferences are most often fashioned after the role models which we witness. Commonly, if asked, we have difficulty explaining why we have this preference or that. The statements, “I don’t like vegetables,” and, “I don’t like exercise,” both seem quite self-defeating and onerously unhealthful. Of course, some preferences are healthful: they are often those which are based on conservative principles of culture – developed over time through trial and error and are easier to explain and justify. Notwithstanding, even some of these preferences can be found to be quite faulty and unhealthful – particularly now that modern science has allowed us a plethora of information with regard to health and wellness.
The primary thesis of this theory sets forth the concept that the value of preferences should be gauged by whether or not they are promoting of good health. This may seem like it is quite evident, e.g., common sense. If that is true, then why is this simple logic not more commonly utilized in practical application? Perhaps the answer is potentially, equally evident. We quite commonly prefer to be creatures of habit, set in our ways, in our ‘comfort zones,’ even if it means being ‘lost’ in what are often obsessively addictive and blind unhealthful prejudicial practices; practices which universally make us unhappy, ill, and even kill us. We fear change, fear appearing different, and/or are lacking of self-discipline, self-esteem, and/or the helpful and in many cases necessary role models from which we can gather healthful inspiration and insight. Living healthfully does not have to be viewed as a means by which to deny ourselves the ‘simple pleasures of life.’ In contrast, preferring to live more and more healthfully can be witnessed as embracement of the joy of true health: It is allowing ourselves the genuine pleasure of substantive and tangible true happiness.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)
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