2011-01-25

Oiled Kay...

Did you know that ancient Greek athletes used olive oil as a lotion? They would slather on quite a lot of it, then squee-jee the excess oil and sweat off, gather it in bottles, and sell it to rich people who believed that using it as a lotion would endow them with the health and vigor of an athlete. It turns out that what provides a person with the health and vigor of an athlete is actually training, exercise, and a healthy diet. Magical oils and smokes don't really do anything but produce income for those who are exercising their freedom to sell them.

So... can an analogy be drawn between the health-enforcing-activities of the individual actors in our lifeworld and the health of the social-economic system that emerges out of their collective activity?