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Psychology | Anxiety

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At the beginning of the last century Britain was a Christian country and people believed in God. Religions gave the masses rules to live their lives by and if they didn’t follow them, they could go to hell; literally. It seems Britain lost some of it’s belief in God at the time of the first world war and who can blame people for losing their faith in the face of such horror. The second world war with such inhumanity as concentration camps and gas chambers was further evidence that either God doesn’t exist or that God exists, but he has given up on the human race.  So, we are alone, insecure and anxious…

We still have each other of course, but the rules have gone. The belief that we should be charitable to one another and not judge each other too harshly was gone. Society changed and and life was now called a ‘rat race’. This was not confined to Britain, but spread throughout the Western world. The paradigm for a better society was technological and scientific achievement, we are on our own, but with technology we can become our own God. Maybe, even make our own God. The joke about asking a super computer if there is a God and the super computer answering, “there is now,” could become a reality.

We tried to solve the problem of anxiety and our own insecurities with drugs. Legal ones like benzodiazepines and alcohol; illegal ones like marijuana and even crack cocaine. We have had counselling, therapies, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and hypnotherapists taking people back to their formative childhood years. We can now scan people’s brains and see if there are any abnormalities that make them more anxious than usual.

Does any of these modern ‘advances’ make us nicer to one another? Do any of them make us more empathic towards one another so we can appreciate each others problems? Do any of these ‘advances’ make it easier for us to live together?

Are we as a society encouraged by newspapers, magazines and television to be nicer people, to have morals, to be more charitable? Or are we encouraged by magazines to be self absorbed narcissistic followers of fashion and trends?

Many people are struggling to leave their own homes, they get anxious about getting a job, they feel self conscious about socialising and feel other people will be not at all charitable and judge them harshly just because they can’t afford the latest fashion or trend. Worst of all many people without moral guidance just don’t know how to behave. Is it a dog eat dog world? Is it survival of the fittest or should we try to work together. Many people think that the lame ducks should go to the wall. To hell with those who can’t keep up; they are just weak. Why can’t the weak, sick and disabled work? It will give them self respect and we should test them to see what their abilities are. We need to get rid of the ‘nanny state’; don’t we?

We can all be more charitable towards one another or we can behave like wild dogs and compete against one another. What do you think? The comment box is your chance to express what you think.

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6 responses

  1. I agree with you that the mentality of the people of this world as a whole – and not just the UK – has digressed from a life blessed by God to a humanistic world where modern technology has become the tool that makes many people think they are their own God. But the attitude and appreciation of the people does not change the fact that there is only one God and that He will judge all of us one day. And it does not change the fact that we, the people, turned away from Him and not Him from us. And it doesn’t change the fact that He loves us more than words can express, and what Jesus accomplished on the cross proves that – if we cared to know. The only thing that has changed is that as mankind gets older, the time that God’s adversary, the devil who runs this world, gets shorter and he’s working harder in the hearts and minds of the people to destroy them. God never left us. We left Him. But the good news is that He’s still there for us and all we have to do is call out to Him.

    16, April 2012 at 12:06 pm

  2. Hi Ronnie,

    Thanks for the comment. I think many of my readers would agree. I tend to reserve judgement and never get directly into religion. I wouldn’t deny that it had an affect on society though. At times that was a bad affect and at times a good one. I think religions don’t always reflect the original teaching and that is true of followers of the Koran as much as followers of the bible.

    Thanks again, come back any time! 🙂

    16, April 2012 at 7:34 pm

  3. It is easy to despair and lose hope, in God, as well as others. I tend towards agreement that at least the mainstream media does nothing to encourage beyond cynicism. But I search for others who are charitable. I join with others who are kind and considerate, and I infuse as much of a positive and whole outlook as I can find, and sometimes that isn’t easy! Then I do what I can to encourage and uplift, and although I’m a very tiny ripple, I try to not let go of what I believe is my small part. Im an American. I think the whole world is so small these days we must all share the sense general conflicts! Debra

    16, April 2012 at 10:14 pm

  4. Hi Debra,

    This post was supposed to be about psychology not religion. Religion does creep into my writing though. I suppose that is my religious upbringing. I don’t belong to a religion now and never preach or mention it. I do however try to be charitable and it isn’t easy. I thought about doing voluntary work at the local hospital because it would be useful and I would be mixing with like minded people. I think even that environment has changed and is less charitable and more bureaucratic though. I have to admit to being a little cynical but I tend to think of it as being realistic!

    I think I’ll return to the subject of anxiety next week and try to make some suggestions because it is an epidemic now. Thanks for the comment.

    18, April 2012 at 9:20 am

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