Health as an End in Itself Mark Edmundson’s article, “Health Now: A Provocation,” published recently in the Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses the issue of how “health” has gone from being a means in which to live a balanced and enjoyable life to being an end in itself, or a desire for immortality. Edmundson believes that many humans have taken the desire for health too far by forgetting what is really important in life simply to pursue health for its own benefit. When one does this, however, the notion of “health” takes over one’s life and that appears to be the only reason for going on, to continue to work out, eat sparingly, and push oneself to the physical limit in order to do it for the rest of one’s life. Edmundson argues that...The end:
.....lth should not be the “be all and end all” goal for everyone in our world. It should just be one of many interests that individuals have, including finding purpose in their lives, enjoying their school or work, and devoting time to family and friends. No one can ever know how much time they have to live on this earth, so they should make the most of it while they are here. Instead of worrying about how long one will live or if they are eating the right thing or exercising enough all of the time, people should use their health, while they have it, to help them be good people and enjoy life as it comes. Works Cited Edmundson , Mark. “Health Now: A Provocation,” Chronicle.com. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 July 2011. Web. 10 Sept 2011.