#Krishnamurti It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

16 04 03 YT image 25This article caught my imagination this morning on the excellent site Humans are Free:

with the subtitle

  • The Brave New World of “Mental Health Disorders”.

I find it particularly pertinent, as I am doing ‘digital PR’ for Far from Fiction – a play about self-harming in a ‘self-harming society’.

It is the most remarkable effort by a small Cafe Theatre production company – to wake up society to unspoken and unexpressed pain:

  1. of the marginalised mentally ill;
  2. of women;
  3. of blacks;
  4. about sexuality;
  5. about self-harming as the attempt to FEEL something, as NOT feeling ANYTHING is worse;
  6. about the desperate attempt to find MEANING by writing letters to god;
  7. about mobile phones, texting and skype as the latest ways that stop us from being ‘real’ with one another.

Can we turn the delightful theatre of the Lion and Unicorn pub in Kentish Town into the same kind of ‘safe therapeutic space’ that we need for our personal anxieties?

Can we as ‘social patients’ become ‘social actors’?

Can we build new ‘digital’ and real life bridges along the historic ‘line of continuity’ of

The actress who is ‘too old’ is looking for her ‘line of continuity’ between her ‘younger Self’ and her ‘future Self’.  The young actress is writing to her ‘future Self’ and copying God… They are sharing their pains.

Can we extend ‘group therapy’ to include theatre audiences?

Can we as audience become ‘real’ for the actress who is addressing her imaginary audience, as she is looking back to her younger Self and wailing for her mother?

An exciting beginning of a most challenging ‘social experiment’!


About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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3 Responses to #Krishnamurti It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

  1. truth1 says:

    You’ll note in going from “free speech: to “opposition defiant order,” our world has been turned upside down and inside out, “changing time and seasons” as the bible puts it. Free speech was applauded when Masons wanted to other-throw King George III and take the colonies for themselves. But now that it is well in hand, now free speech is a plague says the same source, now attempting to take the whole world. Whatever suits them who are power, from one minute to the next.
    The suggestion of therapy is excellent. another word for that, really, is self-examination and reflection. To me, a therapist can be helpful, but a therapist can not make you go into a part of your mind that you do not want to go into. So really, the patient is the only one who can heal themselves.
    And in that regard, I find that sexuality is the thing we most fear examining. I find Christianity and the governments badly lacking in that area. I find it odd how we have forbidden our own bodies from giving us pleasure because we might be committing a thought crime, which is not what Jesus was forbidding. He was forbidding the pursuit, not the thought. “Lusting after” is pursuit.

    Allowing ourselves pleasure without guilt, and strictly with our own bodies, should be without guilt or condemnation but that is not how it is. Governments for one, love the concept of thought crimes.
    But if we make, say a teen, guilty, even for thoughts, then what hope do we leave them with for a clear conscience? Its not even possible and so the teen says, since I am guilty before even having acted, then I guess breaking the rest of the rules is no worse.

    I would have thought Christianity, at least, to be a place where freedom of thought and the right to questioning AND receiving a good explanation for something or anything, would be standard fare, but that is not the case. Religion and Government walk hand in hand. But that does not need to be the case. We do not need to belong to a group in order to honor God and our conscience and seek out truth and dare to ask questions.

    Today, our world has stopped asking questions. It will pay a dear price for that. What is our mind for, it not to ask and seek?

    • MANY THANKS INDEED for your continuous input, truth1!!!

      Tonight we were talking about theatre as ‘censor-free space’ where first sexuality and the religion mattered!!!…

      And now? Sally Willis, a former actress turned group analyst and psychotherapist with great knowledge about social anthropology, has written this play “Far From Fiction”, where she takes on the unspoken pain that we all carry with us…

      I saw the play for the third time tonight, and I shall keep going until the last night on Saturday!

      • truth1 says:

        It sounds like it is resonating in you. Will help you dig things up or out. I think it is a major crime to harm and upset a normal healthy sexual development. It is such a large part of every person but never gets its proper consideration or attention.

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