The Illusion of the Panacea

30 second drawings: 29 of 52 The Illusion of the Panacea

30 second drawings: 29 of 52 The Illusion of the Panacea

Fourth Week in March

Despite our understanding of life, we are perpetually seeking an answer, cure, single path, or panacea. We know that nothing lasts forever. We know everything changes in time, but we still look for and invest in things we think will fix our lives.

It seems to be a perpetual hope that the next thing we do will be the thing that changes everything. The vagueness of the panacea is not an accident. Vagueness is the only distinct characteristic the panacea has. We are still fooled into thinking that there is one, whether it is weight loss, employment, a partner, a degree, a conviction, a divorce, or a different hair color. There is something out there to make our lives perfect.

The illusion of the panacea persists and likely always will. Fundamentally we long for a time when we won’t have to exert energy, try, worry, suffer, or be uncomfortable. Life is made up of those things. The illusion of the panacea asserts that you can get rid of them somehow, but we cannot live without all of the things of which life is made.

Life cannot be fixed. It cannot be fixed so as to correct perceived faults. It cannot be fixed so as to prevent movement. Life moves and has no capacity for understanding what we perceive as faults.