Beyond the Obvious
Looking beyond the obvious is a good thing. It is what lets us learn about things that we might otherwise never question. If it weren’t for someone looking beyond the obvious, we wouldn’t know that Earth is round and not flat. We wouldn’t know that the image in a pond is just our reflection. We might not know that things we can’t see, hear, taste, smell, or feel can exist, such as radio waves. And we might not understand why horses think and act differently than humans, and that we can have a language with them.
Looking beyond the obvious is why, and how, alternative and complementary therapies were developed. Body energy tends to be elusive to the human senses unless it is our own energy diminishing and we get sick. The energy in all things is there, but not always obvious. Had Samuel Hahnemann not looked beyond the obvious and found the energy increase from dilution and succussion, and what that energy can do for the ailing body, we might not have any homeopathy today. Had hands-on ‘healers’ and therapists ignored the sensations beyond the tactile, we would not be benefiting from hands-on therapies.
Overlooking the obvious, however, is not a good thing. Over-looking painful saddles and bits, while trying to help the horse with medicine, aromatherapy, or massage, will not solve the real problem. Overlooking the binding winter blanket or hoof-binding shoes, while feeding herbs for soft tissue or hoof trouble, will not solve the real problem. Overlooking the simple math of domestic breeding will never solve the 'unwanted horses' problem. (To maintain a zero population growth, assuming the average horse would live 20 years, it would require having only one foal every 20 years per each horse I have, or one foal per year for every 20 horses I have.) Over-looking toxic feed, then using medicine to suppress symptoms, or feeding supplements and no forage, will not solve a horse's health problem. Overlooking reality and believing ‘scientific’ statistics can be devastating as well. For example, the wild horses - overlooking several hundred wild horses, thriving in their natural habitat, where they have been for centuries, yet believing statistics that purport they should all be dead from starvation, is overlooking the obvious. And getting one’s horse trained and retrained when it is WE who need training is one more example of overlooking the obvious.
Differentiating these two will allow us to make better choices, which will positively impact Earth and the welfare of all... obviously. Let’s not overlook that.
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