‘The birth and death of any phenomena is connected to the birth and death of all other phenomena. The one contains the many, and the many contains the one.’
Insightful talk that the ever-watchable Gabor Maté gave at the 2012 Bioneers Conference. This is a wide-ranging exploration of our underlying interdependence – on each other and the natural world – and of the toxicity of our current cultures, the alienation this generates, and how this impacts our well-being at many levels.
‘A lot of people no longer do work that has any meaning to them…. human beings are productive creatures, we really are created in the image of God, we are meant to create. When we do work that is not creative, that doesn’t reflect who we are, that imposes depression, anxiety, a sense of meaninglessness. And when we have a sense of meaninglessness, we’ll want to substitute that sense of meaninglessness or that sense of meaning that we’ve lost by all kinds of other activities. Then we get all hung up on how we look or how people feel about us, what we can obtain, what we can possess, what successes we can achieve….all the false substitutes which cannot possibly compensate us for the lack of genuine meaning. And of course, what this society does, it sells us a lot of products that substitute for that loss of meaning. And so much of the economy is based upon a loss of meaning.’
Here are some Bioneers links:-
Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter
Counselling Exeter since 1994