Cure is a bad concept
It gets conflated all over the place, between these sorts of things:
- Real actual medical treatments that can be considered on their own individual merits in real situations for real people
- Some abstraction that’s about replacing undesirable people with acceptable people
- Some abstraction that’s about forcibly making people real
- Something else I don’t understand but I know it’s there
And those are not the same. Cure has absolutely nothing to do with medicine, with medical treatment. Because medical treatment is *not* an abstraction, and it’s not hypothetical, it’s *real* and *already exists*.
I take medication. I am considering some forms of therapy. None of these things are cure. No matter what the effects are. And if the people I can get them from think they are cure, I will run like hell in the opposite direction, because people who think that things are cure can destroy you. Which is why I fought like hell to stay out of the medical system as a teenager, when people were trying to fix me.
There’s all this weird abstraction about cure that has nothing to do with anything real, but which people get broken over. Like that post about whether you’d want a hypothetical abstracted treatment, as though treatments aren’t a thing, as though it’s possible to have an opinion on the desirability of a treatment that doesn’t exist or have any specific attributes.
And… medicine doesn’t work that way. Not even for conditions that are unequivocally bad.
And everyone needs to stop conflating cure with medicine, with things that are real. Especially the curbies. Medicine is not a magic wand, and cure talk makes actually useful medicine next to impossible.
And I have more to say, but I can’t figure out how to say it. Maybe tomorrow.
PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT THINGS ARE CURE CAN DESTROY YOU.
This phoenix wants all y’all to know that is a very, very important statement.