Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Comments by John1963

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  • To see how poor the mental well being the populations of Europe, Canada, or the United States is, only a walk down the street is required. No more research needed.

    Understanding why, now that takes a lot more work.

    This research does not prove anything other than to provide a sign post that tells anyone interested in understanding mental well being should spend more time investigating this question. If the hypothesis is that we as a species evolved in small social groups and that as a result collective societies where the community (small groups of people who know each other) are predominant have more mental well being than highly individualistic societies, this research would support that hypothesis. However, it does not prove the hypothesis.

  • Thank you for this. I also have observed a lack of success in the profession, and that often the worst thing I could do for someone was to deliver them to “professionals” for help.

    Having said that, I have no viable alternative that can be easily implemented.

    At an antidotal level, my experience is that relationship with people works. However, in a time where “Psycho-social Isolation” is the norm, I have no tools to test my hypothesis, and thus I can only muddle on.

  • I would observe that the profession in general is not willing to look at context with respect to Mental Health. Even in the comments section of this publication, there is no interest in externalities with respect to mental health, as comments about what a Health Community looks like are ignored.

    What is a healthy community, and how do we foster that community? Please answer that question.

  • You missed the point. Try really listening to the plumber. Hear the fear, hear the displacement, hear the anger at not feeling valued. Why does the plumber feel afraid, displaced, unvalued. Start by acknowledging the plumbers fear, displacement, and being unvalued and let it unfold from there. The plumber does not want to talk about Marx (and if the plumber is from Eastern Europe they might just tell you why they don’t want to talk about Marx)

  • I agree with you right up to the statement about Green and Marxist, Eco-Marxist, Eco-Left. My observation is that the Marxists are no more grounded or real than the rightwing they hate.

    An ancient teaching is that “you become who you hate”. The solutions being offered by this group simply do not work. I speak as someone who uses green energy systems, and has an ecological trust protecting our natural environment. I also speak as someone who has devoted much of my life to serving the poor.

    If you really want to solve these issues, you first need to listen. Listen to the poor, listen to the guy who fixes your plumbing, listen to the waitress who serves you coffee. They don’t talk about Marx. They talk about their kids school, and how to keep the water on.

  • Having worked with Indigenous people in Calgary, I can say that I do agree with much of what Ayurdhi has presented. Where I disagree (and she might actually agree) is that I don’t think she takes her argument far enough. Reality is, that today Indigenous Communities are in many ways healthier than the surrounding “White” communities. Appearances are deceiving.

    The Non-Indigenous in Calgary are living on borrowed time. There is no sense of community, and what is good for all of us at the leadership level. As a result we are eating our selves alive. Just try and interact with Calgary City Council to get any issue resolved. You will likely become aware that the Council is so busy playing Power Games, that what is good for Calgary’s Citizens is lost completely.

    When one tries to access Alberta Health Services for help for non-indigenous people what is obvious is that the services provided work for no-one.

    However, when one interacts with Indigenous Tribes you are aware of incredible disfunction, but you also become conscious of places of health as well. That is where I find hope for a positive future

  • How to heal a society. This is a large question that requires all of us.

    What I do know is this.

    We are relational creatures, and need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves
    Since we are physical in nature, we need to have a physical space we occupy that is ours.
    We are creative and as a result need to be contributing something positive that is tangible.

    If we lack these things, we are likely to be mentally unbalanced.