Ignorance is bliss – but is it always?

“One of the main reasons that postural yoga itself gained popularity is the simple fact that it had visual appeal within modern society.” – Mark Singleton, Yoga Body : The Origins Of Modern Posture Practice

I really don’t know how they do it. I mean the people who keep telling the truth about history and medical interventions. How do they get up every morning still motivated to speak out? It seems like they try to speak next to a Boing 747 with turbines at full volume. Who will hear that? Isn’t it all futile?

For example, in his studies Mark Singleton found that there is little or no evidence that āsana (postures in yoga) has ever been the primary aspect of any Indian yoga practice tradition—including the medieval, body-oriented haṭha yoga. And that in spite of the self-authenticating claims of many (if not all) modern yoga schools and yoga fitness gyms. Posture practice is a new phenomenon that has no parallel in premodern times. Book recommendation: Mark Singleton, Yoga Body : The Origins Of Modern Posture Practice

Another example: in his studies, Paul U. Unschuld found that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West has little to do with the original Chinese medical tradition. TCM originated as a simplified version, incorporating select practices from the Chinese medical tradition, tailored for a communist society. It gained popularity in the West after a US journalist reported on acupuncture in China. Acupuncture traditionally played a marginal role in Chinese medicine and was even banned at times. A lack of understanding led to misinterpretations, such as the incorrect translation of “Qi” as “life energy,” when it actually meant “vapor of food,” which might have been similar to the concept of Pneuma in ancient Western medicine. It was the French diplomat and sinologist George Soulié, in the 1920s, who did not practice acupuncture himself, yet coined the word “meridians” (likely borrowing that concept from the longitudinal lines he saw on a globe) and interpreted Qi as “energy”. And a couple decades later, in the energy crisis of the 1970s, the idea of an invisible energy that can fuel a person was met with great enthusiasm. It was in this time that George Soulié’s interpretation of Qi as “energy” suddenly became the standard interpretation, which even transpired back into China. Book recommendation: Paul U. Unschuld, Traditional Chinese Medicine : Heritage and Adapation

I’m expected to ignore all that, and much more.

Or at least, regarding such things, most people around me seem to not care about history and how things really are, and will have none of it. And I can’t blame them. But sometimes we need to act on the truth, especially with these health-related things, and especially if we want to stay healthy; and be able to recover from challenges. Therefore, I think it’s important to at least know the truth, even if we chose to ignore it.