“Conquest is not the victory itself; but the acquisition, by victory, of a right over the persons of men.
He therefore that is slain is overcome, but not conquered:
he that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy”Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan
(The first post in a series on how the West is in a dark age).
Everyday we are bombarded by the notion that we’re in the best time to be alive. Indeed, medieval life was as “nasty, brutish, and short” as Hobbes claimed.
We can expect to live longer, healthier lives without much help from the biotech community and have an abundance of cheap entertainment and technology. On paper, the world is doing well; in reality, the story is more nuanced than it seems.
“Do you know what the leading causes of death in the U.S. are?” Lieberman replied. After heart disease comes cancer. The third is medical error.
As [he points] out, the health care industry heavily markets its own importance and pushes treating illness over preventing it with lifestyle modification. And humans are lazy; it’s easier to take pills than exercise.“Does Medicine Actually Make People Live Longer?