I came across an older article today about the topic of personal responsibility with a headline that read “It’s Not My Fault.” So naturally, that caught my eye. I’m not quite fond of blaming other others for one’s problems. Anyway, the author espouses the logic of the article by quoting from the World Health Organization:
It’s the context of people’s lives that determines their health.
Is that true? Maybe. Actually, I will say yes it’s true to an extent. Still, to say it’s simply not my fault that I don’t exercise, buy Taco Bell and McDonald’s every week, and stress over a million things…and the list goes on - is not very believable or defendable. Like Dr. Laura’s Blog recently encouraged us, we can cut down on the excuses for not doing the basics. The truth is more of us need to take a more active role, according to a recent Wall Street Journal blog article, in our health and healthcare by doing the basics.
If I reflect on this idea of how the context of your life affects your health, I can see some merit. While each start to do more of the basics, we also need to pay more attention and understand how every aspect of our lives affect our health. Meals, career status, love life, family dynamics, education level, medical conditions, and financial satisfaction level have a significant affect on emotional, mental, and physical health. Obviously, that was not an exhaustive list.
What if we had a way to track the whole ”context” of our lives and see the relationship those things have to our health, then compare our health picture with our family and friends? This is the thinking that went into Frokker.com. See our Frokker beta announcement. We thought, “Wow, we could change how everyone manages their health, even how we think about health information!” What good is it if we don’t share it with others so everyone can learn from each other and improve our health together? So it is your fault. It’s all of our faults. Let’s take more personal responsibility for not just our own health, but the health of the world we live in.