In asking for respect I believe all peoples of all nations owe to themselves and to their fellow travelers on this earth a voice and an ear to the mysterious world of the Other, no matter how different from ourselves.
In asking for respect I believe all peoples of all nations owe to themselves and to their fellow travelers on this earth a voice and an ear to the mysterious world of the Other, no matter how different from ourselves. It could be they are right and we are wrong.
After all, the only definitive answer to the meaning of life so far is in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 42.
Those who work in the field of schizophrenia and bipolar are often misinformed. The director of a provincial schizophrenic association with offices in Edmonton advised me (incorrectly) several years ago that schizophrenia is caused by illicit drug use. My first contact with this organization led them to put me in touch with a mentally ill person who told me to take my meds and don't rock the boat. The director at that time told me that schizophrenia was decided in the womb. I was reflecting on stressors that may have triggered the initial breakdown and asking for help with coping with a legal problem that had arisen from the stressors. No help there.
Not much help to someone who is struggling!
In attempting to better myself, in the past I have been viewed by the system as a troublemaker and rebel, and though that is no longer true, I have severed my ties with an organization that views babysitting its clients as beneficial, and has so little interest in current research or new thought. Their library is no longer monitored and books I donated to their library have disappeared. They refuse to promote the creative work of their members. I believe that research is their forte, though I'm not sure, and I do donate to their head office monthly. At one time I volunteered with them and was set to work shredding papers by myself in a small space while the office doors were closed, until the director told me that she didn't require the papers to be shredded and there was essentially no work to be done. At that time I met only one other volunteer.
Perhaps there will be a change. I've seen many changes in my time on this earth. The present director seems more approachable and the organization may have pulled its gaiters up.
Meanwhile, religious and metaphysical arguments aside, the meaning of life may be found in all peoples who struggle for maturity in a world that values power, money, and security above the dignity of the human soul.