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Are We Scared By the Numbers?

Do you pay attention to statistics?  Would you make decisions about your life based on numbers?  Are you overwhelmed by the numbers that show up in the media?  I was listening to an interview on NPR and they were discussing the impact that statistics related to crime have on the public.  A number of people called in saying that the more they report the statistics the more they detach from what the numbers represent.

I was wondering if this is true when it comes to life-altering illnesses.  When you hear the statistics about cancer, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, etc. does it keep you engaged enough to be aware of your own body?  Do you stay up on physicals with your doctor in case something was a problem you’d catch it at it’s very early stage?

As with the crime rates, does reporting health statistics make you more involved in your community?  In some cases I’ve known people who have become environmental activists to help clean up areas that have severe health impacts.  I’ve met people who become activists or supporters of stem cell research because they’re life literally depends on it but also because they follow the numbers.

Look at your life and see if you follow the numbers.  If nothing else make a conscious decision because consciousness is the key.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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