The “Either/Or” Mindset

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The “Either/Or” Mindset – 15 July 2006

Why is it that so many people have an “either/or” mindset when it comes to certain things, such as: allopathic (mainstream) versus preventive or alternative medicine, humans versus other animals, them versus us?

Instead of keeping an open mind and reviewing what remedies are available for treating a specific ailment, then choosing the best (and safest) option, some people rush into one or the other modality. The result may be unnecessary surgery or medications that cause more harm than good. On the other hand, ignoring a medical emergency that requires the best that modern technology has to offer can have dire consequences. Of course, preventing a disease in the first place is the best option, which is diet-related. It’s all a matter of keeping an open mind and reviewing all the options available.

When it comes to other animals this mindset of exclusivity, accusing anyone who tries to relieve the horrific suffering of our fellow creatures of choosing to help “animals instead of people,” is widespread. It doesn’t seem to matter that the accuser helps neither humans nor other animals.

And, of course, there’s the common “them versus us” way of everyday life, resulting in prejudices, jealousies, battles, wars….

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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