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C.R. writes: The Washington Post reports that "Over the course of nine months in 2009 and 2010, six Palo Alto teenagers committed suicide. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 20 children and young adults killed themselves annually in Santa Clara County, where Palo Alto is located." To put these grim statistics in context, "The deaths in the city constitute two recent “suicide clusters” (multiple suicides within a short time frame); there are an average of five in the entire country each year. Having two in the same city in less than a decade is extremely rare." (Washington Post) Several teenagers have committed suicide by stepping in front of trains, jumping off roofs or overpasses, or by hanging themselves.
(A God in Therapy post) This New York Times' article went viral yesterday: A Drug to Cure Fear. But are yet more psychiatric drugs really the answer? A 19th century Jewish mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, said "no."
What is personality identity? What is the self? Where does the self/identity spring from? What is its physical source? What is its non-physical source? Personal identity is in flux as we grow, mature and change. Or is it? (Interesting article here.) The Jewish mystics tell us
Sometimes science is redundant. If you've got faith, belief, and even experiences that confirm that life has meaning, consequences, and conscious existence beyond our brief time in our present physical bodies, you might not care what the average scientist thinks. Or you might be surprised what scientists are thinking about now. (These make for some worthwhile clicking.) A New View of Consciousness (PBS) "...there might be a more dynamic relationship between consciousness and other states of matter—that our ability to perceive the world is both a means to an end and also an end (an “object”) in itself."
The Tainted Grain is a story by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose stories express truth at many spiritual levels, including the psycho-spiritual and emotional. The Tainted Grain Once upon a time, a worried king had a talk with his prime minister and good friend. The king said, "I can see in the stars, that every person in my kingdom who eats grain from this year's harvest is going to go mad! What, dear friend, do you think we should do?
Why Starting Over Is Good For The Soul
The Turkey Prince by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Once upon a time, the king's son lost touch with reality. He thought he was a turkey. He longed to sit naked under the table snacking on breadcrumbs--so he took off all his clothes and sat under the table, pecking at the floor. The king summoned the royal doctors--they all tried different medications, therapies, and cures. But none of them could help the prince and they worriedly quit trying. The king was devastated. Then, a wise man came. "I can cure the prince," he said.