REMEDIES TO GLOBAL CRISIS: “ALLOPATHIC” OR “HOMEOPATHIC?

COMMENTARY ARCHIVES, 22 Apr 2009

Anthony Judge

Metaphorical Complementarity of "Conventional" and "Alternative" Models

Prepared on the occasion of World Homeopathy Awareness Week (April 2009). 

“I do like the idea of Ashoka’s pillars as acupuncture needles – and the idea that the global brain may be suffering from bipolar disorder!” – Tony Judge

Introduction

At the time of a global financial crisis for which the adequacies of proposed conventional remedies have as yet to be demonstrated — and with further economic consequences yet to emerge — it is appropriate to explore mindsets through which the remedial response to any form of globality under stress might be articulated and envisaged.

In using therapeutic metaphors here, this approach contrasts with a previous use of geometrical metaphors to explore such possibilities (Metaphorical Geometry in Quest of Globality: in response to global governance challenges,  2009; Engaging with Globality — through cognitive lines, circlets, crowns or holes, 2009). 

"Homeopathy" is used here as a widely recognized exemplar of the therapies of "alternative medicine" as distinct from conventional medicine. A more generic focus on the metaphoric potential of the range of alternative remedies is discussed in a concluding section.

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