Following on from his excellent article on the connection between family dynamics and mental health, Paris Williams wrote the second part, containing more of the 'theory' of his ideas, HERE.
It's also a good article, but I felt that the discussion about mental health was ignoring one very fundamental point. Read on to see my comment for yourself, and then let me know what you think (if you feel like it...) in the comment section below:
Hi Paris, thanks for these articles.
Part 1 was one of the best things I’ve ever read on the subject of what’s really causing mental health issues, and I’m sharing it around as much as I can. Thank you!
I just wanted to mention that I think God is the elephant in the room with the whole discussion of mental health. We’re rightly focusing on the fact that modern society has become such a breeding ground for bad character traits, fear, worry, anger, control issues, and all the other negative things that create the heady brew required for mental and emotional illness to thrive.
But a huge part of why society is becoming so rotten and ‘anti-social’ is because the focus has been placed on superficiality and materiality, instead of spiritual achievement, true purpose and striving.
I know God has been co-opted by many man-made religions with their own (materialistic) ends in mind, but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t exist, or that the soul is not a fundamental part of the quest for human health and happiness at every level.
Ignoring God and the spiritual imperative that underlines the whole reason why we’re here in the first place, and why we have to suffer, and how we are meant to learn and grow from these experiences, means that any solution we arrive at is limited and partial, even with the best of intentions.
Anyway, wonderful articles, thanks again for putting them together, and pulling so much useful research into one place.
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