Health is a well known term, it is ubiquitous in everyday use but what type of health are we talking about. We have listed a few classical definitions for reference but after we shall build our own working definition for the project.
Webster’s Dictionary Defines Health as:
- the condition of being well or free from disease; the overall condition of someone's body or mind
Citation: "Health." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, 2015. Web. 19 Mar. 2015.
Google defines it as:
- the state of being free from illness or injury; a person's mental or physical condition
What’s the take away?
Health seems to involve both the body and mind being free from disease or injury but also being in a state of well-being.
- From here on out, Health = a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, which is absent of disease or sickness.
So why have good health and include it as a principle?
It shouldn't be hard to see that we want to be healthy, living well while having a mind, body, and society which are all free of disease are catalysts to a happy life. One thing to note in our definition is that good health is not only personal but is a state of social well-being as well. (it is not healthy to live in a sick society)
We chose health as a project principle because we believe it to be a paramount aspect of the hypothetical good life.