Healing Nations is arguably the most important book on politics and society in a generation. This is the new politics for the new millennium. Transferring the language and logic of alternative medicine and healing into the arena of politics reveals what is wrong with our modern western politics, our modern western way of life; and what we have to do to change things.
Richard Dell’s analysis of what defines and distinguishes the two paradigms of orthodox and alternative medicine is alone worth the read. But when he uses that analysis to inform our understanding of politics and society, a sudden and unexpected clarity emerges. We are shown that we use our political practitioners in the same way that we use our medical practitioners: presenting to them with our symptoms, empowering them, expecting from them a diagnosis (manifesto) and prescription (legislation), and not wanting to know about medical or legislative side effects. Richard Dell then shows that by employing the language and philosophy of healing, a new and transformative way forward is revealed.
Healing Nations as well as being an insightful look at how our societies, communities and political systems work, is also a deeply spiritual book. Indeed, it rightly reintroduces the spiritual into our personal and collective lives. As an example, love is shown for what it truly is, not some vague feeling, but a fundamental link that is vital to our personal health and wellbeing, and indeed to the wellbeing of our societies and nations. If Richard Dell’s ideas are embraced it would constitute an actual spiritual awakening for us all, it would bring new meaning into our lives, it would enable us to be more sensible and sensitive to our environmental responsibilities, and it would enable us to achieve a truly holistic life at last.