In their book, The Leading Causes of Life: Five Fundamentals to Change the Way You Live Your Life, Gary Gunderson and Larry Pray, argue that our culture is obsessed with death.
Gunderson and Pray both work within the Methodist hospital system in Memphis, helping healthcare providers seek a more holistic approach to care. The title of their book might suggest a kind of gushy “self-help” approach, but it is anything but.
Their premise is simple: too often in our approach to challenges, suffering, and trauma, we we focus on death and work backward. Instead we should focus on life and work forward. For instance, for centuries, western medicine has be rooted in the identifying and treating of disease, yet in recent times the focus has shifted toward creating an environment for health. “Life,” they insist, “has a language. If we are to find ourselves on this violent, troubled planet, we just learn the language of life. Then we can tune our ears to it, so that we can choose life instead of death.”