I think that there are several different yet connected types of mental health care. If you break down your own psychological needs, you will see that you have needs that are mostly emotional, like the need for solitude, or to feel safe, or to feel that your needs will be met. Then there are intellectual needs, like the need to keep your brain active, through new stimuli, such as learning a language, or working out an interesting proof. The need to have those two things, emotional and intellectual needs, met in some way that helps, holds, or makes space for others, I personally consider to be a spiritual need, but I generally also place it under mental health needs, a bit like my need to feel that my life has use, and that suffering can be made to be useful for others. But we each need to take responsibility for working to meet both our own needs and the needs of others, by taking care of our health in a holistic sort of way, by being careful of the foods and drinks and fumes that we allow (or force) ourselves and those around us to imbibe. That goes hand in hand with our communal responsibility to help our fellow human beings take care of themselves, and of each other, aka, us.
If the common good, or the general welfare, requires each person to take responsibility for one’s individual duties of health, intellectual as well as emotional and spiritual, and also for one’s responsibility to the community, then how do we do that? Can an individual isolated writer contribute to that general welfare? How do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us?
I had one answer, a few years ago, which I will begin posting one page at a time, starting today with just the title page, since I’ve already said more than I wanted to say today, about how freedom for one must be freedom for all, and requires safety, from fear of bullying, from fear of smoke or choking, from fear of hunger, and from fear of unfair rejection, for all of us.
Stayed on Freedom’s Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington,
by ShiraDestinie A. Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-
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Dedicated to Dr. Edgar Cahn
So, it turns out that I never had time to properly edit this book, and as I feared that I never would have time to edit it correctly, I released it as it currently is, and now I am hoping to begin to salvage and possibly even re-publish it, under a second edition. So, I am thus going through each page to look at where it is now, and whether it may be worth editing and releasing a new version.
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3.) Share your thoughts on how community cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,
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February, 2021 CE = February 12021 HE
Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.
Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…
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