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.
(d) Of organizations. In our national professional organizations there is far too little consideration of the needs of our time, too little planning for improvement. In the few lay organizations already started there is too little concrete planning, too much vague thinking. Yet, in organizations is potential strength, unity, action.
So much for the necessity for education of physicians, nurses, laymen, organizations. To accomplish such educational promotion we must have other things and we come to a recital of Needs:.
(a) Overall comprehensive thinking, logical and practical. We must learn how to think clearly to discover what comes first, what next and so on.
(b) Personnel. In group work it is most important to choose workers wisely and then seek help, in an advisory capacity, outside the group in order to have the advantage of special skills.
(c) Implements with which to work. We need schools, we need teachers, we need students (physicians, nurses, laymen), we need reading matter (books, magazines, brochures, essays), we need housing (sufficient for all activities), we need secretaries in all our offices, we need public speaking and we need writing writing to explain, to enthuse, to instruct in all the phases mentioned above.
Now this is all talk and dreaming you may say, so our next heading is Accomplishment in the last two years.
You all know the American Foundation for Homoeopathy. You know something of its framework, aims and purposes. You know something of its achievements in the past. You know how I am always harping on the subject. But then, I am its Secretary and therefore a privileged character.
In the spring of 1950, we had a session of the Foundation Post- Graduate School in Senexet House, Putnam, Conn.; but the class was only five, for ominous rumblings of threatened war were abroad, growing more ominous daily, and our young doctors felt insecure, not willing to commit themselves.
This year we have no session at all for lack of students. Time, place, teachers, money all available but no students. What a time we live in!! The School was closed for three years during World War II and now again!.
However, we feel that war conditions are not the only reason. Our young doctors are very much mixed in their minds, too willing to go along with the crowd, too little inclined to think deeply, too eager to obtain a good living quickly. They need to be talked with earnestly and repeatedly. Personal interviews will accomplish what any amount of correspondence will not.
We have asked a group of nineteen people to be responsible for a large class next year. Each of these is to get at least two students by personal interviews. The Headquarters office will keep these people briefed for the job and take the students over after they have signed up for the 1952 session. Would any of you like to join this group? Let me know if you would.
A Membership Drive has been started in the last year for any number of members all over the country, doctors and laymen. For a 10 a year membership each member receives the twelve issues of the magazine for laymen. The Layman Speaks, reports of what the Foundation is doing and what members are doing and can do. When the number of members warrants, local groups of members can have speakers sent out by the Laymens Bureau. Such groups can become the nucleus for new Leagues. We need thousands of members and we promise to keep them informed.
We are approaching the sixth session of the Qualifying Course for Laymen here in Washington. Increase in the number of inquiries concerning this and attempts, starting last year, to have such courses in Southern California and in Boston form another accomplishment in these two years.
Land for a permanent Headquarters site in Washington has been purchased. This, with the home of the Secretary to be turned over to it, gives the Foundation nearly 4 1/2 acres of valuable land all paid for, on which to build the group of modern buildings needed for most branches of work contemplated by the Trustees. We have tentative architects drawings for the group. The land must be rezoned for educational purposes, but little or no opposition is expected in this direction. We need 100,000 to house the Post-Graduate School, the Foundation Library and a Clinic, all in one building of modern constriction. Do any of you know a person or a group of persons who would like to spend money that way? The need is very great.
The last two years have also seen the start of two research endeavors in the homoeopathic field, one for cancer research, the other for nervous and mental illnesses.
Finally, the last two years have built up a decidedly more articulate interest in the work of the Foundation among many groups of people scattered over the country. This is attested by the volume of inquiries coming to Headquarters, by the suggestions coming in showing the desire to help.
All in all the Foundation Trustees think they deserve your attention, your approval, your active help in this practical effort to bring Homoeopathy into its rightful place in the new age that is dawning.