Each individual in this world has, or should have, definite ideas on the most important phases of life, or at any rate, on those phases which seem most important to him. Each individual should be an independent thinker. Parents, schools, should train children to become independent thinkers. Strongly entrenched as most important phases of life are religion, health, education, social endeavor. Homoeopathy belongs basically to all four of these vital categories.
To try to prove such a thesis as this, I propose briefly to go into five departments of homoeopathic philosophy as they appear to me, take a glimpse at their relations to each other, then endeavor to bring the whole matter down to earth by making an overall picture of some of the practical things we may do to integrate Homoeopathy.
The first department might be called technical or perhaps physical. We cannot have the vast benefits of Homoeopathy without chemistry, botany, mineralogy, biology, zoology, physics, all the discoveries in the electrical field, the power of vibrations, the importance of fission, the values in reducing matter to energy without material substance, etc., etc. Modern research leads to recognition of the power of the infinitesimal and so to respect and finally admiration for homoeopathic potencies. All this leads up to a field in which Homoeopathy is to come into its own, physically speaking.
The second department might be called personal, meaning all the ways in which Homoeopathy can benefit the individual, emotionally, mentally and physically. Unless a person is healthy in all three of these realms, he cannot take the place in the world he was meant to take.
A deep appreciation of spiritual values bringing all the power for good inherent in them for building character, dependability, inspiration as well as aspiration; conscientious application to duty in the highest aspect of it one can reach; the necessity for training ones mind in clear thinking in order to use it logically and as effectively as man is required to use it; the necessity to train ones body to become a fit house for such a spirit and such a mind; a body strong, free of taint from inheritance, habit environment, climate, etc., this is a goal which may be reached through Homoeopathy.
The third department we will call social. Imagine a very high order of human beings well prepared by Homoeopathy in its personal sphere to reach out to their fellow men. The result would be a truly social order bringing in a real “Brotherhood of Man”.
From the social the next step is logical to the international field (fourth department) and then to the universal (fifth department).
My thesis is that Homoeopathy, in all the aspects of it mentioned above, has a tremendously important part to play during this dying of an old age and birth of a new; that a glorious opportunity lies ahead for all those whose minds and hearts can be stretched far enough to embrace it and follow it through to all its relationships (the five departments to each other, to the needs of man, to the world we live in, to the future).
There is no use going on talking about good ideas unless there is practical effort to implement them and accomplishment from that effort. Here, therefore, are some of the practical ways, already established, to promote the ideas mentioned. First, Education:.
(a) Of physicians in real Homoeopathy, physicians of any age and any previous medical training.
(b) Of nurses in homoeopathic philosophy far enough to learn how to observe symptoms and report them to the homoeopathic doctor as he would like to have them reported.
(c) Of laymen in learning to report symptoms fully and correctly; in enough philosophy for this and for refraining from undertaking any prescribing themselves. Also in learning why Homoeopathy has not yet come into its own, what they can do to help bring it in. Also in learning to understand enough to answer intelligently questions from other laymen.