Sunday, September 26, 2021

Comments by Karina

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  • The book “The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease” (Metzl, 2011) details how demanding your rights can wind up bringing down another wave of oppression on an entire class of people. Kind of like Oppositional Defiant Disorder now with kids. People who can’t get what they need and are oppressed as an entire labeled group of people – well, they get mad, don’t they? Seems an entirely natural phenomenon to me. And the institutional response, entirely predictable.

  • Also, I think of recovery as recovering from being DIAGNOSED, not recovering from an illness, disease, condition, or symptoms. I think of life-long personal growth that I think everyone is enmeshed in, consciously or not. I think about searching out the meaning in life, satisfaction with the whole process, contributing to the world, connecting with people, and maybe some happiness, but all in all, experiencing the life one chooses.

  • Alice,
    I am surprised that no one has mentioned that one can learn Open Dialogue at the Mill River Institute for Dialogic Practice in Haydenville, Massachusetts. Mary Olson (US), Jaakko Seikkula (Finland), and Markku Sutela (Finland) are the faculty. It has arrived in the US!

  • Alice, I think that if we want to get to what is causing our traumas, dis-ease, un-wellness, and even illness, we can start with what human spirits require in the world. This is not a medical or even an individual process, but a social one. Any work on wellness, recovery, happiness and meaning/purpose is basic and profound – and following this trail has always led me back to the same conclusions, even when I worked in public health looking at exposure to lead, or in environmental policy, looking at the roots of climate change. If illness is not within us, then I understand how overwhelming it is for us to think about what it would take to create a world of communities of relationships that sustain us. But we could start by creating communities of relationships that sustain us. 🙂 See? It’s fractal-like and the means and end are simultaneously at our disposal. It lets us understand we are doing meaningful work in the moment and that allows us to let go of some of the fear and stress that comes with being frustrated about how things are and worrying about how we are going to get to a better future. Engaging in that process of community-building will produce the results we are looking for all along the way and make the journey a satisfying and not-lonely one, even if we don’t solve all the problem’s side effects right away. It’s a living, creative process and we will never be able to see how it will end up because we just can’t imagine that far. Utopian kinds of goals will only lead us into restricting the creative force that can lead us to what I hope is not an end.
    Best to you,

  • I highly recommend the film “Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh.” Ladakh is a place very lately influenced by globalism. The older people have seen an entire modernization that took the elite parts of the world centuries happen in one lifetime. Because it happened so quickly, the people of Ladakh were able to identify some causes and effects. This film looks at how our modern way of life has impacted our community life, mental health, power structures and environment, as well as the all-important feelings of purpose in life and happiness. It is modern life that is killing us in body and spirit.