Wellness Is Where You Find It – Or Is It?


Who said wellness is where you find it? Is it true? How can one know where to look? Have you found it? If so, where?

Why does it seem that so many people spend their lives lookin’ for wellness in all the wrong places, lookin’ for wellness in too many faces, searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces of what Halbert Dunn, Jack Travis, Bill Hettler and doctors, philosophers, wellness report publishers and so many others are forever dreamin’ of?

Well, let me back up for a minute by addressing the first question, namely who said wellness is where you find it?

Thomas W. Flynn said that or, more specifically, wrote it on a gift card that humorously exhibits his disdain for Santa Claus. The gift card was signed and inscribed just for me, thanks to a donation made to a secular fund-raiser by a friend. I can’t mention the name of my beneficiary – she insists on anonymity. (Why I don’t know – perhaps she’s a lottery winner hounded by supplicants, or is in hiding owing to a fatwa levied by Ayatollah Khomeini, or perhaps her shadow-dwelling nature is related to traumas from her Catholic upbringing – who knows?)

Tom Flynn is an American author, journalist, novelist, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of its journal, Free Inquiry magazine. He’s also director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum and the Freethought Trail – and an acquaintance. I first met magnolia wellness Tom thirty years ago during the Christmas season in Orlando when he gave an entertaining and thoroughly convincing lecture about his one-man war on Christmas in general and the Santa Claus silliness in particular. His point of view, described in a 1993 book entitled, The Trouble with Christmas, is that early immersion in the Santa myth predisposes children to accept absurd religious teachings in later life.

Digressing for a moment, let’s apply the second question (Is it true) to this matter of the alleged harm attending early immersion in the Santa myth. Does this tradition really incline little humans to grow into gullible, superstitious adults?

Consider the counter argument put forward by another acquaintance, also a paragon of free thought, namely editor Dale McGowan. Dale takes the position that the opposite is more likely – that discovering that Santa was a preposterous myth probably inclines children to reject religious dogmas in later life.

Which is it?

So, Is It True That Wellness Is Where You Find It?

Let us examine this great question using the example of our president, the stable genius.

Our Fearless Leader seems to have found a wellness lifestyle in the wrong places, that is, in a high risk lifestyle. At least that’s the impression I get from findings his annual physical at the Walter Reed National Medical Center. The examining doctor gave Trump a glowing report indicating no concern about his physical or mental health status. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, however, did express concern, not about Trump’s health but rather about his doctor, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson. How could a physician describe an exercise-averse, cheeseburger-addicted, borderline obese 71-year-old man with significant plaque in his coronary arteries and high cholesterol as the very picture of health? At a White House press briefing, Dr. Jackson termed the Dear Leader’s health to be excellent – and repeated that word – excellent, eight times! Reference was also made to Trump’s incredible cardiac fitness, incredible genes – all totally amazing, surpassingly marvelous, superbly stupendous and extremely awesome.

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