I never really thought much about this statement but it is so true.
In the western civilization everyone seems to think straight ahead, always trying to get ahead, monetarily and with possessions. Why is it they don't consider the getting off that track and think about getting further along with alternatives? Collecting experiences along the line of life? The rewards a person gains from volunteerism, or the education from travel experiences?
If a person is sick the first and most direct thought they usually have is "give me some medicine to make me better." Stress and obesity are just a couple of many medical conditions that can cause a multitude of physical conditions.
Most individuals do not think of an alternative form of treatment from that straight line thought. They do not consider the ancient meditative arts like yoga or tai chi and physical therapy isn't even considered. Nor do they consider herbs, aromatherapy or even light therapy. And heaven forbid they might consider a life style change.
People in the western world generally do not consider that our lives are affected by things "AROUND" (circular) us.
So to all of my western world friends and family it is time to start "thinking outside of the box" or maybe I should say "living the full circle."