Dementia, is classed as a degenerative disorder; and most of us are familiar with not only the idea, but the realities of what dementia does to someone. Now it is easy to understand that with so many people suffering from dementia, modern medicine is busying itself with treating the condition. Their aim is to prevent it during the early stages. The problem is extremely subtle, in that a degenerative disorder has to start from somewhere, and that starting point will of necessity be all but imperceptible.
Not only that, it will be different for each individual.
Tests such as the “mini mental state examination” is one commonly used cognitive test; however this is what one might call a “spot check” and will only tell you if the patient is actually displaying any symptoms. To establish a true diagnosis of dementia really needs close, concerned awareness – the very thing busy bureaucrats say the hospitals cannot afford.
Efforts to prevent dementia include trying to decrease risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and obesity. This approach sees dementia as the result of physical pressures and treats the problem as a disease, not as a disorder or a condition.
Because the main reason for this post is that I was chatting with a friend – in fact, the Hendrik who I mentioned a few posts ago. He mentioned that he’d wanted to do something a few weeks previously, but couldn’t recall quite what. I said to him that he’d wanted to visit a museum in Amsterdam with one of his friends. Oh, yes, he responded. Now to be fair, Hendrik’s memory’s never been that good, but it is showing genuine strain now. Remember that it’s very hard to remember something you’ve forgotten… it really is rather difficult. Forgetting means it’s really not there at all, gone and lost forever as the song has it.
Now, Hendrik’s job as a university lecturer isn’t exactly memorable. The things he does are pretty well the same for each day; apart from the number and content of the lectures, there’s not a great deal to distinguish them. Add his expressionless tone of ‘lecturing’ voice and you begin to get the picture. After all, we speak of things being memorable because they were, well, memorable. Doing the same thing time and time again is not going to make one remember if it was yesterday, last week or six months ago. It all kind-of merges into one continuum of semi-conscious activities.
One the things Hendrik teaches is “evidence based decision-making”. The very thing that leads people to see the world as numbers printed on pieces of paper – and then, just certain pieces of paper. Remember that modern scientists – and this includes those researching medicine, and dementia – are part and parcel of this. They see a veneer that overlays our the world, a veneer that has been made into numbers and quanta by a conscious (or semi-conscious) process of counting. It doesn’t take a whole lot of awareness to count things, especially if one has been told to count them. In this respect, evidence based decision-making is actually contributing to the upswell of dementia.
I’ll put this the other way around: usually in a scenario where evidence is being sought, there are well formulated rules and procedures whereby one either finds or produces the evidence. If one follows the rules carefully, one only needs follow the rules and the evidence falls into place, as it were. It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to trudge through the procedures as they are set out for one (or as a scientist will, follow the ones they’ve set up for themselves).
This is the necessary outcome of a process that requires evidence to be repeatable. In short, repeating things leads to the inevitable consequence of people ‘switching off’, getting bored and becoming semi-conscious. The very things that lead to dementia.
This isn’t to say that factual awareness is necessarily bad; what is bad is having to repeat it to satisfy the semi-recumbent brains of the scientists and bureaucrats. The very people who have jobs that lead to dementia. Satisfying oneself that an event is a unique happening in creation is not easy to do when one has been inured by the necessity of repeatability.
Yet we all know that no two leaves are ever the same. Nothing in nature ever happens twice – unless that is, certain deathly processes have been invoked. This is to state formally that if one is forming evidence by way of repeatability, one is working with the forces of death. Is it any wonder that people who work in this way – but are unaware of what they are doing – will find themselves netted by the very forces they employ? Dementia is nothing more and nothing less than death entering the realm of awareness.
Which is why I am so sorry for Hendrik. I am aware that his levels of awareness are low; one aspect of this is that his ability to perceive evidence is extremely limited. He brought me a packet of crackers to go with some cheese. What he’d not noticed was the fact that they were four years out of date. Yet the evidence was clearly stated on the packet! He hadn’t noticed, that’s all… when a person is used to having their evidence handed to them, they aren’t likely to go looking for it, are they?
The problem for Hendrik is that his levels of awareness are diminishing. Not so noticeably, but compared to a few years ago, it is noticeable to others. But then, I have been working consciously to broaden my abilities to perceive, which means the chances of me getting dementia are relatively low. Those people who are satisfied with their levels of perception – or worse, think that all they can perceive is all there is to perceive – have fallen for the simplest trick in the book.
But then, if you have followed my reasoning on the subconscious, it’s not exactly easy to prove something using evidence if one can’t see it. It’s the ultimate paradox, isn’t it? That doesn’t mean it’s not there, it only means it’s not there for those who can’t reason things out for themselves – and reasoning things out for oneself is the first step to ‘heart thinking’. In this respect, the imposition of evidence based decision making is to nail down the thinking processes and so kill off any abilities to reason things out for themselves.
The result is dementia. The problem is that every person that develops the condition will develop it in their own unique way, at their own unique speed. Since medical practitioners need to define things, the more aware they are of the condition means new aspects become apparent and since they are unable to see the underlying process, they have to establish a new disease. Hence the plethora of ‘degenerative’ diseases, conditions, disorders, call them what you will.
The underlying process is that a person becomes less aware of what they are doing, and Rudolf Steiner spoke of “diseases of the subconscious” which is exactly what they all are.
The Subconscious: Links To Other Parts In This Series.
Part 1 Why Some Africans Can’t Count Beyond Three.
Part 2 Doctor Jazz, Düsseldorf.
Part 3 Letting The Lizard Drive!
Part 4 The Lizard Brain Meets Its Match: Brian’s Fiat Panda.
Part 5 Snow White And The Railways.
Part 6 Enemies In The Boardroom.
Part 7 The Clock Ticks: The Unconscious Threshold. (Published on my private blog)
Part 8 Milena Sees Witchcraft Everywhere.
Part 9 Frustration!
Part 10 What’s On Mina’s Mind Today?
Part 11 A First Peek At Autism.
Part 12 A Railway Waggon At The Roots Of Dementia?
Part 13 What’s It Like In There? Life With Dementia… (Published privately)
Part 14 The Evidence For Dementia.
Part 15 The Trouble With Alzheimer’s.
Part 16 The Man On Platform Two.