THE LINDY EFFECT - Importance of hard effort and dedication to good health From Old Knowledge
Something fascinating happens when we study ancient wisdom. What is new in today’s society has a lot of value. The latest iPhone, for example, has an implicit belief that the most cutting-edge technology is the greatest.
The Lindy Effect, first described by best-selling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is an idea that arose from this concept. He describes the Lindy Effect as “one of the most valuable, reliable, and global heuristics I’ve ever seen.”
In other words, the Lindy Effect asserts that as a thing becomes more established, it gains in value and longevity. In other words, the “newer is better” idea runs contrary to the concept of longer duration. It turns out that time is a good judge of value. The prospects for chiropractic may look brighter than we previously imagined, according to the Lindy Effect. Some books, for example, document historical cases of skilled workers’ manual adjustment of the spine to enhance health.
In 1996, an article in the respected journal Spine mentioned documents from as old as 5500 years ago that contain references to what would now be considered early forms of chiropractic:
“(Manual forces) to correct the spinal deformity is an ancient concept. The oldest reference available is in ancient Hindu mythological epics (written between 3500 BC and 1800 BC).”
For hundreds of years, millions of people worldwide have attempted to figure out how to live well and bring their health to its full potential. Due to their efforts, we may learn a great deal from the past and what was so carefully crafted to arrive where we are today. A recent Indian document from the 8th century AD contains an intriguing note about a successful medical relationship. This text was translated into English for the first time 80 years ago.
The four roles in therapy are physician, cure, nurse, and patient. In treatment, each of the four people is assigned one of the following four qualities, “The physician must be competent, have had a good education, have obtained his science from a reputable source, and must have practical experience. The patient also must be dedicated to the doctor, communicative, and of excellent reputation.”
Fascinating to learn what these people, who were attempting to survive and thrive a few centuries ago, thought was essential in obtaining excellent health care. While some of the advice may not be applicable today, the importance of hard effort and dedication to good health is apparent hundreds of years later.