Most people are aware of the medical evidence on the health hazards of cigarette smoking. Yet, imagine a heavy smoker with a severe respiratory problem saying to his doctor, “I know that cigarettes are affecting my good health and therefore I should quit smoking.” Suppose the doctor replies, “You are not far from the reign of health.” What does he mean? His reply conveys the same message as the one given to the patient who asked, “What is the best exercise for keeping fit?” “The best exercise,” the doctor answered, “is the one that you do.” In both instances, a distinction is made between knowing what to do and doing it. What good is wisdom not applied? What good is…
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