Plucking It Out
by Jake Block
You can read it in the Bible, although the same sentiment has been said, perhaps in different words, by various people throughout human history.
“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and. not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”
— Matthew 5:29 (The Bible)
“You will be obliterated. The good of the Body is the Prime Directive.“
— The Return of the Archons (Star Trek – 1967)
It’s a dramatization of a simple medical principle. If an infection or a disease is affecting the body you can try to cure it with medicines, but should that fail, it its sometimes more efficacious to simply remove the source of contagion or corruption from the body, sacrificing that at one time viable tissue for the continued health of the body as a whole. A simple example would be that of the appendix. Now, the appendix is a small organ in the body and, apart from human beings, can be found in over 500 other mammalian species. It’s a thin tube about four inches long. Normally, the appendix sits in the lower right abdomen. A vestigial remnant of our evolution, the appendix acts as a safe house for good bacteria. After intense diarrhea, the appendix repopulates and reboots the intestine with good bacteria before harmful bacteria finds a home there.
Sometimes, it simply goes wrong. When it goes wrong, it is a painful and potentially dangerous threat to the person affected. A rupture of this small organ spreads infection throughout your abdomen (peritonitis). Possibly life-threatening, this condition requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean your abdominal cavity. Removal of the organ is relatively simple and preferable to the damage it can cause if untreated, so it is excised surgically and thrown away. The body can work without it, and its elimination negates its threat to the health of the body.
The body can survive reasonably well when some of the corrupted organs of the body are removed, leaving one unchanged to the casual eye. These are the spleen, stomach, reproductive organs, colon, gallbladder, appendix and kidney. Even some of the body’s most important organs and tissues can be surgically removed and transplanted from healthy tissues, such as the heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, stomach, intestine, cornea, bones, tendons, skin, the islets of the pancreas, heart valves, some nerves and veins, bone marrow, stem cells and even hands and feet.
Another thing that we can do without is toxic interaction with people in our lives. This can be a random shit-disturber on the web, a coworker, “friend,” business associate or even a family member. It’s a strange thing though, in that while we can discard a body part when we need to for out health and self-survival, many people find the jettisoning of people in our lives to be very difficult, even when we know that they are toxic or are using us for their own purposes, disregarding the havoc they cause in our lives. We often know that these people are bad for us, but once they have their claws dug into our souls they’re difficult to dislodge, and the longer we leave them attached to our psyche, the harder they are to excise.
When you find that there is a problem with your body, you don’t hesitate to take actions intended to make yourself well again, and so should it be with toxic influences in your life. In removing those who are toxic, you must proceed with intent, using whatever degree of firm resolve necessary to accomplish this “psychic exorcism.” If you are lucky, just putting distance between you and your problem will be enough. Absence of one’s prey forces them to find someone else to glom on to. Sometimes a more firm approach is necessary, and you will have to inform them that you just don’t have time to dedicate to them any longer. Worst case scenario, you have to do an up close and personal confrontation to tell that toxic person to “hit the bricks.” In the end, it doesn’t matter how you get rid of that contagion oppressing your soul, so long as you DO.
Toxic persons often become obviously so over time, and that person who in the beginning was a loving, carefree type can become your worst nightmare, once that have you under their control. Like any infection, by the time you feel the pain as it festers and spreads, you’re already in danger of it overpowering your existence. You only have two choices. Act, or succumb and be overtaken and morphing from host to victim by someone who professes to care for you, but cares for no one and nothing nearly so much as their self.
There is no denying that the act of plucking the parasite from your life might be painful in and of itself, but after a short time, you’ll appreciate the relief of healing and a return to personal vibrancy and emotional health. Some people need to repeat this self-healing several times until they have cleared each individual toxic presence from their lives, and with each excision, there will always be some pain. The ultimate reward comes, though when you realize that it feels so damned good when the pain stops!