In a time of uncertain politics and a crescendo of individual differences, a young man sets off on foot across mountain ranges and primeval forests.
In the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 global pandemic, which shook and almost fragmentized his preconceived schemas about the world, our hero realized that the Greece he knew wasn’t necessarily the Greece that was.
There was an invisible veil lying between his mind and reality.
Intrigued and curious, he decided to head out and experience the world in order to try to uncover the illusion. What begins as a search for authenticity and objectivity, during…
Nowadays, it’s quite common for people to condemn religious practices, as they consider them weapons of mass brainwash and corruption. For instance, Christianity has been accused of bloodshed, wars, witch hunting, unfair inquisitions, and obstruction of scientific truth. History is an undeniable martyr of these events and we would be voluntarily blinding our senses if we turned our gaze away from reality.
But are these everything that Christianity ever offered? I would say that it depends on our perspective, willingness, and open-mindedness.
It’s become a cliche by now but I’m going to say it anyway: Covid-19 was harsh, and still is.
In one way or another, all of us were forced to change our lives, isolate ourselves, and maybe even fight for our lives. We took a glimpse of how it really is to be alone, locked inside a four-walled cage, thirsty for true human connection.
Amidst these times of uncertainty and lockdown, I couldn’t help but wonder:
Has it always been this way for the elderly?
Constant awareness and fear for your health. Self-isolation, communication through the internet, shopping groceries by…
As a future clinician, I become really intrigued by movies that depict the journey of addicted individuals towards redemption, like The Way Back,
starring the infamous Ben Affleck. The movie left me exhilarated enough to make my own research regarding AA meetings and twelve-step programs.
While I consider myself anything but a conservative Christian, I try to be open-minded to the power of narrative truth, as explained in a previous article. Having scrambled through tens of ideas, approaches, and programs,
I managed to single out a poem, often referred to as the serenity prayer, by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
I was recently allured once more by the astounding work of the Canadian clinical psychologist, Jordan B. Peterson, in his book 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos.
This piece manages to illuminate, articulate and inspire in a constant manner. It always leaves me curious and intrigued about the nature and meaning of reality, and the underlying principles that ground our individual and collective experiences.
Motivated as I was this time, I turned my exploration lenses inwards and tried to reflect on the past, and especially my adolescence's foundational axioms that guided my thoughts, emotions, and actions.
In November 2020, at age 21, I got infected with the coronavirus.
The announcement was followed by a few minutes of silence. I was almost ready to jump into my clothes, pack up my luggage and take the first bus back to my hometown. I got entrenched by fear for a nebulous yet concrete threat that clouded my judgment. The Fear Instinct had consumed my whole being, and thus critical thinking appeared impossible.
My physical health wasn’t of great concern at that time. On the contrary, I was worried about my psychological health, as I was given a job suspension…
“You have everything but one thing: madness. A man needs a little madness or else — he never dares cut the rope and be free.” -Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
These were the words that Zorba uttered to his boss, Kazantzakis, in the infamous Greek novel, Zorba the Greek. In this story, Kazantzakis and Zorba are vivid representations of two opposite but intertwined powers: Apollonian and Dionysian.
On one hand, the narrator, otherwise referred to as boss, hires Zorba to work in a lignite mine in Crete, while working on a personal project on Buddhism and the notion of Sunyata…
‘I think, therefore I am’ — Rene Descartes
That was the philosophical statement I used in the past to obliterate radical doubt. I thought that our brain was an organ created to seek the truth, rather than stories, emotions, and comfort.
This attitude changed when I encountered the mesmerizing work of author and Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, in his brilliant book named Thinking, Fast and Slow. Knowing the latest cognitive neuroscience research first-hand, the author shows that our thinking and acting is prone to cognitive biases.
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.’’
No, this isn’t the outcry of a new totalitarian leader.
It was written thousands of years ago by St. Paul, to Colossians. This notion has stood the test of time as an unbreakable truth, especially among Christian communities. Τhe Zeitgeist of parental subjugation has also infiltrated the collective unconscious of non-Christians, whether they like to admit it or not.
The relationship between parents and children is inevitably shaped by the axiomatic presuppositions of a given age, most times without their awareness.
My childhood memories are still…
It’s 6 AM. I open my eyes to the sounds of the morning breeze, which touches the surface of my tent like a loving mother. The birds are proudly chirping outside, calling me for a brand-new adventure.
I’m only one hour away from the city, yet it feels like I’ve woken up in a different century. My mind is filled with the naive enthusiasm that characterizes little children. I quickly wear and tie my shoes.
I step out of my tent.
The cold weather penetrates my skin, but I embrace it. …
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