Chapter

Everything Will Be Fine

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0090
Everything Will Be Fine

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With advances chemistry, physics, and technology, everything was expected become easier, more beautiful, and simpler. Then there was an upheaval sometime in the 1970s. An increasing number of citizens of industrialized Western nations believed that chemistry, physics, and technology would cause everything to break down, get uglier, and become more difficult. Everything was seen as heading downhill, with a final catastrophe in view. increasing numbers of people no longer found comfort and hope in the Church, as there no one took a stand against the destruction of environment. The result of this was that people had, in the meantime, started getting their answers elsewhere, at a place where hope is subliminally delivered with the rest of the order: cyclical thinking promises a return to the starting point.

Keywords: technology; Western nations; catastrophe; church; environment

Chapter.  479 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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