Panacean Philosophies

pan·a·ce·a | panəˈsēə noun (pronounced PAN-UH-SEE-UH) 
  • a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases. “the panacea for all corporate ills”  synonyms:  universal cure, cure-all, cure for all ills, universal remedy, elixir, wonder drug; informal: magic bullet | “a panacea for the country’s economic problems”
Don’t feel bad, dude, I had to look it up to make sure I was thinking of the right word and I only know the word because there was a phase of my life (I think it was 4th and 5th grade) where I was all about mythology and there’s a God named Pan and– nevermind, long story, not immediately relevant here. Moving on.
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So remember when we pledged to be Snowflake Unicorns? Okay, “pledged” may be too strong a word, but you know what I mean. Fundamentally, Snowflake Unicorns: a) invented “cool”; b) have their own individual secret and unique combination of issues as well as super powers; and c) require a recipe for balance that is specific to each of us.
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As a SnowUni (←no? not cool? well, make a suggestion, please – help your girl out, here), you’ve likely heard many things that point to the opposite of these 3 fundamentals. You’ve been put in a box with a label that might speak to a part of your issues but doesn’t address all of them and doesn’t feel like it’s…right. Right?
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I don’t just mean being labeled as someone with an anxiety or other psych “disorder,” I mean in all areas of life, like being put in the woods section of the band when you know you belong in percussion. Or being made to wear a cute little pantsuit when you knew you’d rock it harder in a gown or vice versa. Or being made to feel like your brainpower isn’t as powerful because you have a va-jay-jay. This post is intended to speak to that, and when I say “that” I mean the sometimes well-meaning but usually misguided and way blown out of proportion Panacean Philosophies of the world.
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I hope that at some point in your life you’ve heard someone say, whether directly or in passing or on TV, that you are special and there’s no one else like you. If not, please allow me the extreme privilege…
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, as a one of a kind wonder, you’ll have to put up with people who don’t get it or maybe they’ve never been told about their own one of a kind wonder-ness! Whatever the case may be, generalizing is something that’s done in every part of the world on every level and in pretty much any way you can think of. Is it right? No, but it serves a purpose. Generally. Hahaha! Okay, not that funny. But for real, generalization started as a means to provide a basic solution for the masses because, well, sometimes it was because there just wasn’t the ability to easily access each person in the group that would be affected, sometimes it was because only a few people would raise their hand and say they were affected. Unfortunately, what it seems to have become in today’s world is something that’s done because of some rich assholes who make a better profit by generalizing and don’t give a shit how that really helps. Sad, but true.
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But you know what? Don’t let those assholes win. Don’t be discouraged because what’s supposed to work for “everyone” doesn’t work for you. Drop the zero and be your own hero because you deserve a happily ever after. You just have to keep in mind and heart that happily ever afters aren’t promised, they’re sought after and hard won. But totally possible. Remember the first step is to figure out what your truth is.
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P.S. It took me 36 years to figure mine out, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it takes you more than an hour 😉 You’re worth it.

6 thoughts on “Panacean Philosophies

  1. Our defaults can stick on us, and the popular labels will always be easier. Myths and legends can entwine unique aspects of life; internet algorithms can do the same engaging us with ‘what is’ or how we click enough times the keywords.

    – A small volume by mathematician George Pólya: The book contains a dictionary-style set of heuristics, many of which have to do with generating a more accessible problem. (wiki/How_to_Solve_It)

    – A list of cognitive biases: Save the cheat sheet and codex for future references. (wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases)

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  2. I’ve always been inclined to figure things out for myself which has proven to be a blessing and a curse – of course! A blessing because it means that I have always embraced possibilities while maintaining my respect or, at least, civility :), for traditions and those who prefer someone else’s experience be their guide in life. A curse because this particular quirk of mine is quite the bed of hot coals hidden beneath a promise of satiated curiosity that is never kept. Honestly, I don’t think my particular and very wide streak of curiosity will ever be, I don’t know…done. Haha! Lessons learned the hard way are absolutely not my preference, they just happen to be my specialty 😉 I figure the curiosity and the murphy’s law syndrome go hand in hand. I mean, in the words of the wise G.I. Joe, “knowing is half the battle.” He never did say what the other half was… 🙂

    BTW – I very much enjoyed your essay this morning! I’ve got another one bookmarked for my next reading rainbow moment 🙂

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  3. Is knowing half sufficient (enough; adequate) or does Schopenhauer’s principle of sufficient reason (stipulating that everything must have a reason or cause) suggest that these four principles are necessary to know more than half?

    That Knowing is half, made up of Becoming, and Being shared into the constant, the Will to live.

    The other half the most difficult, to give more, to eat last, to surrender to the greater needs to which the Will maximizes folding the four into the efficient (working in a well-organized and competent way).

    Abstraction is a difficult study in philosophy. Pop Culture has only smeared the surface of the world for our eyes and ears; the neurons need more than sunglasses and thrifty meanings.
    – wiki/On_the_Fourfold_Root_of_the_Principle_of_Sufficient_Reason –

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    1. I totally just laughed out loud (I feel like an idiot using LOL, but I really did, so I wrote it out), I love that – “sunglasses and thrifty meanings.” That is THE perfect way to describe so many nouns in this world 😀

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      1. “Tried to make some sense at all.” Gerry Rafferty or Joe Egan

        The rest of the words must have came from being stuck in the middle. I can only guess it has led quite a few to philosophize rather accept the default of a field of study such as life being in crisis. I attribute great music to long hours of reading on the eyes.


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