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The Fascination with Treating Symptoms: A Closer Look


In our fast-paced world, it seems that we are constantly searching for quick fixes and immediate satisfaction. This is particularly true when it comes to treating symptoms rather than addressing the underlying causes. But have you ever wondered why we have this fascination with symptoms? In this article, we will explore the reasons behind this phenomenon and delve into the correlation between our focus on symptoms and the measurement of a country’s profitability through the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The Connection Between Symptoms and GDP

To understand why we tend to prioritize symptom treatment over cause identification, we need to examine the role of GDP in our society. GDP is a key metric used by economists to determine a country’s profitability and effectiveness. Interestingly, when we view cause and symptoms through the lens of GDP, a direct correlation emerges.

The Profitability of Symptom Treatment

Addressing the causes of our symptoms often involves delving into psychosomatic issues, childhood trauma, or other underlying traumas. While resolving these causes may greatly benefit our personal lives, they do not directly contribute to a country’s GDP. Consequently, there is little financial incentive for society to prioritize cause identification and resolution.

The Economic Impact of Symptom Treatment

On the other hand, focusing on symptom treatment yields significant economic benefits. When we seek relief from our symptoms, we often turn to products and services that promise quick relief. Whether it’s purchasing medication, indulging in comfort food and drinks, or satisfying our cravings, each transaction contributes to the country’s GDP and economic profitability index.

Shifting the Focus to Causes

It is crucial to recognize that treating symptoms alone is not a sustainable solution. Continuously addressing symptoms without addressing their underlying causes can perpetuate a cycle of temporary relief and hinder personal growth and awareness. By shifting our focus to causes, we can make long-lasting improvements in our personal lives and increase our individual value.

Embracing Personal Growth

Being a life ninja means prioritizing personal growth and individual value. Our personal worth should not be measured by external indices but by our own self-assessment. Instead of relying on symptom treatment to boost GDP, let us invest our time and energy in improving our personal lives and well-being.


The fascination with treating symptoms rather than focusing on causes can be attributed to the correlation between symptom treatment and a country’s GDP. While addressing causes may not directly impact economic profitability, it is crucial for personal growth and overall well-being. By shifting our mindset and prioritizing cause identification and resolution, we can break free from the cycle of symptom treatment and truly enhance our individual value. So, the next time you reach for a quick fix, remember that true personal growth lies in addressing the causes, not just the symptoms.

Note: The views expressed in this article are solely the author’s and do not represent any economic or medical advice.

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  • Paracetamol: Also known as acetaminophen, a common over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Anadin: A medication or treatment that alleviates pain or discomfort.
  • Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and lower fever.
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