Hands up who else has ever felt a sense of dread or panic, when faced with the age old question, ‘what do you do?‘ Those four bland words usually uttered pretty early on in an attempt to get to know somebody. The question almost always equates to a description of what we do for work; how we earn our money. I feel lucky to be able to say these days that I’m in a job that I quite enjoy, however it hasn’t always been this way. I have also experienced the shudder run down my unemployed spine when faced with this question.
You can’t pour from an empty cup, or continue to make withdrawals once you have reached your overdraft limit. And yet it is familiar for us humans to keep giving despite the fact that we may be desperately in need of some TLC ourselves.
“It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” – Jiddu Krishnamurti.
This quote has always spoken to me. Especially on the days that I have struggled to get on with all that has been expected of me.
In the video below, Physician Gabor Mate discusses the concept of ‘being normal’ and how the values held by our society can greatly impact our emotional and mental health, along with our definitions of what ‘normal’ is.
Most prominent to me is how as a society we value human beings. The tendency in most modern capitalist societies is to attribute a person’s value based on what they can both consume and produce as opposed to who they are.
I would be keen to hear any thoughts you have about this video, and how you believe as a society we should be valuing ourselves and others?