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The One?

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The One?

Peter Nicholson

Multiple Modalities
My foot still hurts. Hope for a quick solution has faded. But I am learning to listen better, and figure out the combination of approaches that appear to be making a positive difference, including acupuncture and altering my exercise regime. Still, I wish I could just take a pill. Easy. I’m often struck by the desire for a single answer to multifaceted challenges, and the difficulty of learning to resist it. The same reductive perspectives that have so far failed to produce holistic and resilient solutions, on whatever issue, aren’t the answer. Experiencing Eastern medicine for the first time, I’ve been impressed with its holistic view of the body, the way the practitioner “listens." Modern technology can insulate us from feedback loops that are worth more closely considering, at least until things go “wrong,” and natural forces assert their overwhelming power. We can’t control everything. Emerging innovation approaches like biomimicry can significantly inflect our design practices, but there is a long way to go. Even as powerful as learning from nature might be, other complementary strategies are needed as well, lest we merely replace one singular dogma with another.