I would like to dedicate this article to all of you as violence can be noticed in all countries, among all social classes and religious groups, in families with university degrees and those not educated at all, experiencing poverty or living a luxurious life. Violence is visible inside families, at school, in public institutions and workplaces. Among its perpetrators we can find men, women, teenagers or even children. We usually learn violent behaviors since our early childhood and then it is passed on to next generations.
Evening jogging is the time only for me, which I spend with myself and nobody else. Fresh air, music… This is when I think about many different things, sometimes about my patients’ stories. Recently, a gossip has appeared in my mind. This is a social phenomenon which we all know very well, as old as human language. In ancient China creating gossips and using them professionally in the form of intrigues was no less widespread than in antique Greece and ancient Rome. The Bible also mentions malicious slander and warns against thoughtless gossip. In the New Testament, the apostles write in their numerous letters about the sin of word, double tongues, biased praise and loquacity which harms your neighbor. Apostle James usually appeals against abusing the word “[…]but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?” (3:2-11).
The love begins – how has it all started?
Love and its various manifestations have been present in the culture and social life from the beginning of the human race. Love was, is and will be the inspiration for many authors. Poets, writers, musicians, sculptors, philosophers as well as scientists involved in many different areas are nowadays still trying to grasp the idea behind love. It is undoubtedly one of the strongest stimuli which motivate a human being to act. A lot of famous works of art were created thanks to this feeling. However, we should not forget about its destructive role in human history – it had been the reason of collapse of great rulers and the cause of wars. Nowadays the society thinks that it is worth to learn only about the things which make us gain prestige or money and that love which is beneficial “only” for our soul is useless and one should not invest their energy in it. All in all, the great role of love in human history encourages our reflection.
Crisis – reflection time
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough…If you don’t know where you want to go it doesn’t matter which way you choose…
Problems with broadly understood meaning of life
Nowadays, the need of finding the meaning of life has changed diametrically. A lot of people are touched by the feeling of meaninglessness, accompanied by existential void, manifested by apathy and boredom. Apathy is defined as the lack of initiative and willingness to do something in our life, while boredom refers to losing the interest in the external world. Here it is worth to quote a fragment of the book by D. Yalmon (1980): “Among forty subsequent patients, who came to the psychiatric clinic […] (30 per cent) had a serious problem connected with meaning”.