During the historical period man has slowly evolved, at a fearful cost, from the intuitive state into one largely based upon a knowledge of the laws of nature. In doing this he has hedged about his own natural freedom on all sides, building up what he calls culture, an artificial thing that materialises his thoughts and finally disintegrates his soul. He builds for himself big cities, lives in close quarters and pampers or abuses his appetites and body. When the inevitable result follows his materialised mind falls down before the fetish of material medicine in the hope that his inherent vitality will carry him safely past the danger point. It is moreover a philosophy not always confined to the laity.
Health, the result of natural living, is almost unknown, because our ignorance and the maddening pace at which we move along is depleting our vitality and reducing the average capability for the larger things of life. By the constant pursuit of the smallest things man’s mind is being dwarfed and his vision is becoming myopic. His sense of general perspective is leaving him and he is rapidly losing his bearings amidst the myriads of minutia daily forced upon his attention.
The great weakness in our educational scheme is that we continually hammer into the student the material view of things; then we wonder that so few of our students finally reach real light. We make moles of them and then throw them upon a world of noonday glaring light. Only one result is possible; failure in ability to cure, and the encouragement for those drugless cults which depend almost exclusively upon the blind recuperative powers of nature. Severely handicapped as these are, they should give the heavy drugger and the nihilist alike food for reflection. The former abuses the already sickened economy, while the latter throws it back unguided upon its own resources. Neither is capable of restoring the natural harmonious equilibrium which belongs to every living thing. This is one of the reasons why specialists and tinkering doctors increase. All of them would like to be known as physicians, but their grounding is such that the few who do venture into the field of general practice rarely become real healers of the sick, except by inadvertence.
In proportion as simplicity develops out of complexity so does efficiency increase, and if we wish to cure safely, effectually and permanently we must be able to grasp the law of cure in a rational and easily understood way; which means that as long as our bodies retain their natural equilibrium, each living cell must of necessity cast out a certain amount of detritus, which cannot be abnormally retained or artificially suppressed unless we wish trouble to. follow. Such secretions are often far from pleasant or convenient. Foul foot or axillary sweats, fetid menses, abnormal discharges and secretions, etc., all belong to this category and must be corrected constitutionally if we wish to cure. The far-reaching effect of autogenous poisoning is but partially grasped, if we are to judge physicians by their daily work. Efforts at elimination are made, of course, but they are crude in the extreme, purging being the commonest instance of how it is at-tempted.
No man who reasons in this way can be a real Homeopath. Do we not see crises precipitated every day by the action of the similimum, when nature demands them in order to establish recovery? Do we not likewise see a re-established equilibrium of nervous energy, when the homeopathic remedy assuages pain? And are there not countless other daily confirmations of the law, which says that all cures proceed from within outwardly, from above downward and in the reverse order of the coming of the symptoms? In other words all cures proceed from the soul through the spiritual body and finally manifest themselves in the physical body. It cannot be, therefore is not otherwise.
The distressed vital force or spiritual body responds to our treatment as best it can, while still endeavouring to hold the physical body in harmonious equilibrium, but when our efforts are crude, inappropriate or suppressive it does the best within its power to still keep the physical body in order. If our efforts are too violent or strongly suppressive it takes refuge in side stepping or diversions in order to turn aside the force of our misplaced efforts and still preserve some semblance of physical integrity. These are the deceptive pathological effects that Hahnemann points out in paragraph 74 of the Organon.