RDA 3. Whole health and well-being

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Pattern page for RDA 3. Whole health and well-being pattern
Whole health and well-being seems quite simple on the surface and not very different than its SDG counterpart.

SDG Shortcomings

Treating disease and illness, is what over-burdened health care systems attempt to do (for those that have access to treatment) this typically comes with an immense ecosocial cost. However, treating disease and illness does not automatically translate into whole health and well-being. Indeed, healing, in its original meaning signifies to make something whole again. If it is true, as Thomas Berry proclaims, that there can be no such thing as "... healthy humans on a sick planet," then we must consider health and well-being in all its varied dimensions.

Living systems

Whole health and well-being does not begin and end with human beings. It considers them nested in whole places, organized in whole communities, entangled in whole webs of relations with each other and so many other living beings, and deeply embedded in a living planet. So, it concerns itself with the whole health and well-being at every scale.

Likewise, whole health and well-being is developmental, considering beings, not just at one given point in time, but throughout their entire life-cycles and beyond. Like food and material abundance, which Aim 3, is inseparable from, health and well-being must be a continual, permanently regenerating process at every level of organization: from cell to planet.

Whole health and well-being

Whole health and well-being also considers the diversity of aspects that come together in unique ways to constitute a complex being: physical, biological, social, ecological, psychical, spiritual, etc. Even an organism as seemingly simple as a unicellular is now known to have some degree of consciousness. Wholeness, seen from various dimensions, is therefore a key aspect of health and well-being.

One way we can gauge our health and well-being across the multiple aspects of complex being is by considering quality of life, or in the words of Christopher Alexander: degrees of aliveness (Alexander dedicated his life's work to elucidating what that meant and we can sense it). This dimension prevents us from fragmenting health and well-being, assuming because we are physically healthy, we may be spiritually well, for example.

The degree of aliveness a being, and the contexts it is a part of, forms an excellent measure of otherwise elusive concept of wholeness in whole health and well-being.

Pattern Generators

This aim could be generative of the following patterns in any Community of Place of any scale.

  • provision of free, universal care, with an emphasis on prevention, natural medicine, holistic services and practices, especially to the most vulnerable and at the most vulnerable stages of development (prenatal/infancy, adolescence, old age, death) [3.1-2, 3.8]
  • provision of universal access to holistic services and practices for regaining and maintaining health to all, [3.1-2]
  • integration of holistic approaches and practices to building individual and collective immunity to communicable diseases [3.3a]
  • co-evolution of human-scale communities that grow from place (place-sourced) [3.3b]
  • facilitation of the adoption of plant-based diets [3.3c]
  • promotion of "micro-dosing" of joy, mental health, and well-being in all activities [3.4]
  • elimination of the drivers of substance abuse (i.e. alienation, being undervalued, lack of belonging/participation)[3.5a]
  • provision of universal access to substance abuse treatment, mental health care and capacity-building towards reaching each person's highest potential [3.5b]
  • valuing of social cohesion via an abundance of public spaces/opportunities for connection, affectivity, and relationship [3.5c]
  • reconfiguration of mobility to drastically reduce the need for motor vehicles and eliminate vehicle-related conflicts [3.6]
  • provision of universal access to sexual/reproductive education and planning [3.7]
  • elimination of exposure to all toxic substances; halt contamination of the commons [3.9]
  • propagation of a culture of healthful and graceful aging, where elders are treated with respect, are valued and cared for, have opportunities to make a value-adding contribution to society [3.10a]
  • propagation a culture of graceful and dignified dying, where death is recognized as a natural part of the living process, and the wishes of individuals to die on their own terms are full respected [3.10b]
  • enabling of natural burials for all who desire to be re-integrated naturally to Earth [3.10c]

Note: SDG target linkages in brackets.

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