“While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” — Dostoevsky
A therapist or, more appropriately, a psychotherapist, in this case, is a word we never associate with evil. The word evil is reserved for use in the religious realm as is the concept of the Devil (see Elaine Pagels’ “The Origin of Satin” or Bart Ehrman’s “God’s Problem”).
With the popularization of therapy, possibly related to its extolling by the wealthy and famous and availability of health insurance, change has come. Psychiatrists even considered whether or not if “evil” exists…
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. — Abraham Lincoln
The COVID-19 virus is flourishing at breakneck speed into the small towns and states where they thought they were immune. It was a “big city” problem and they were protected until they weren’t.
And with the virus came the danger to work and education as companies sent workers home and schools closed. Then came the unending din of a call to open the schools.
We heard that children would be fine, teachers would be safe, and kids didn’t get…
Brad Pitt is an actor whose name causes ears to shoot up whenever he’s mentioned anywhere in the world. He is among the pantheon of film stars who can ensure box office dynamite when his name is above the title and, as a result, he can influence many fans.
The guy with the cowboy hat and the made-for-movies bod (remember “Thelma and Louise?”), Pitt has been involved in many humanitarian causes, but he’s always kept it quiet. When Hurricane Katrina devastated housing in New Orleans, Pitt assembled a planning and construction crew.
His environmentally friendly Make It Right Foundation…
I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech. — Nora Ephron
Writing a screenplay and you want to get noticed, get a meeting with someone who really matters in this industry? Your prayers may have been answered to some extent, and it’s not how you think.
Anyone who writes, even the most famous writers who went on to incredible fame, has a trunk full of scripts that may never see the light of day. Why? …
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. — Mahatma Gandhi
The COVID-19 virus is overtaking the world (a third surge is evident in the US now) and causing death and economic ruin wherever it is found, but not for all. Whenever there’s a disaster, therein lies the seeds for greed for those who see incredible opportunity in the wake of helplessness.
Who among us doesn’t feel helpless in the face of this virus that can kill so quickly despite the age or the social position of the patient?
Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided. — Paracelsus
Humans are prone to illness and disease; there is no doubt, but how these illnesses are treated is often misunderstood. Patients are thankful that there are medications today that were once mere far-fetched dreams in the minds of scientists. We not only have medicines, but we have medical procedures that save lives. Even here, there is no infallibility.
Simone Biles is one of the world’s most talented athletes in gymnastics, having performed feats thought unheard of in the sport. She has won 30 Olympic and world championships, and she seems to get better with each competition. But Biles isn’t simply an athlete; she is a woman who understands when she needs to step back, and she demonstrated it recently at the Tokyo Olympics. Her body and her mind told her she needed a rest.
“Whenever you get in a high stress situation, you kind of freak out,” the 24-year-old told reporters. …
Yes, it certainly is a scary time and you are absolutely right about how it affects mental health, in particular. Thanks for your comments.
A medical specialty that depends on communication, behavioral indicators, and not biological values requires more than 15-minute med checks, or there may be harm to the patients and the public.
Psychiatry used to be a medical specialty (don’t confuse it with psychology) where patients spent time (usually 50 minutes) detailing their symptoms, response to treatment, and receiving hope for the future. All that has gone away with the advent of biopsychiatry and an emphasis on medication and short medication check appointments.
Anyone who hasn’t been a party to one of these med checks may not find the 15-minutes “how are…
Simple weight training beginning with dumbells can have a powerful effect on your brain and your ability to maintain your mind. Isn’t it worth a try?
Research indicates the unbelievable power of simple weight training as it applies to maintaining our brains and minds. Yes, the mind and the brain are two separate things; one solid matter, the other a construct.