I chose to analyze life vs. death because it is so controversial. There are so many definitions of life and death and it gives way to so many different points of views. The different outlooks on life and death come from individual’s cultures and backgrounds, what they experienced, social and religious beliefs, politics, all play a huge role in how someone feels about a subject. I think dichotomy of life and death is logical and natural in western society. Someone who has been hooked up to a machine and been on life support for months to someone may technically still be alive but to what extent if they aren’t even the same person they were and the doctors say there’s nothing that can be done. Some may see it as selfish and inhumane to keep someone like that and others may feel it’s right and to stay hopeful that they will pull through. It’s really hard to say, even harder if you yourself are not in the situation.
Biomedicine is referred to by several names including allopathic, western, evidence based and just “medicine”. Biomedicine explains health in terms of biology. It emphasizes the importance of anatomy in physiology to treat disease and maintain health. Most societies contain overlapping forms of biomedicine. The world of biomedicine operates in the world of facts. It comes in two forms Universality and Objectivity. Universality is the direct reflection of nature and is a universal truth. Objectivity is value neutral and autonomous from human influence. Biomedicine has been cultural constructed and amended over time. Shifted theories include the mass production of antibiotics and germ theory, and genetic sciences.
I think dichotomy came from the mixture of many different cultures and beliefs on arguable, contradictory subjects. My personal views on dichotomy are that without it everyone would think the same about everything and there would be no individuality. Certain style of medicine could have never developed if someone never thought to think outside of the box or to contradict the norm. I think dichotomy is accepted in western society as natural because there are so many mixture of cultures in America.