Mental health predicated on the Law of Love
Dear Editor: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decreed health classes will have to teach about mental health. What he has not included in the mandate is the understanding, as Teihard de Chardin pointed out, that “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience — we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
It is the spiritual which embraces our activities and offers us a solid self-concept which allows us to withstand the many assaults on our person. It is the spiritual which gifts us with worth and dignity.
Those who learn to love and serve themselves and others build the foundation for a productive, healthy life.
What the governor and so many mental health professionals and systems, often for political correctness, shy away from is the core of personal and mental health is predicated on the Law of Love. When this is ignored, the road to strong mental health is a rocky and tortured road to travel. Paul Jankiewicz, Ph.D.