Men­tal health pred­i­cated on the Law of Love

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

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.

Ul­ster Park

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