It is interesting how anxiety manifest itself on the natural level. In the mass population as a whole it would seem that “oral” insatiability were steadily on the increase. From the increase of alcoholism down to the harmless levels of oral pleasures (which have created entire industries), anxiety appears to assume a uniform epidemic pattern. Psychoanalytically there exists a close relationship between oral and visual primitive libidinal patterns, which means that the tremendous modern appeal of moving pictures, television, and illustrated magazines must be included in the pattern. This is almost like an inversion of the Christian ideal of contemplation in which the primitive instinctual forces are harnessed and the person keeps himself “open” for the word of God. Thus many of us, the restless, searching, analytical power of the intellect which pries open the secrets of Matter has become the only aspect of Truth. We are no longer able to sit still, to wait, to listen. We refuse to be receptive. We have to create a continuous noise to drown out the stillness of the world. -Karl Stern, The Third Revolution: A Study of Psychiatry and ReligionAs the world craves that which is immediately gratifying, we must stand strong in resisting. Without seeking the stillness, the silence, and the quiet, we can easily become stuck in an endless cycle of fulfilling our bodies, not our souls. We can eat and eat and eat; we can binge-watch every show on demand to make us forget about the demands of life; we can live childless – by choice – and only fulfill the desire of making ourselves happy – though still we will untimely feel anxious and unfulfilled, but, why? Why do we not feel fulfilled at the end of our lives when we choose to leave the serving and sacrificing for the immediately satisfying? What are we resisting, what are we avoiding, why do we wish to escape from the realities of our daily lives? Do we do this to feel whole? To feel as if we are not alone? To feel as if we are not in opposition of our bodies all of the time? As the anxieties creep in our physiological minds I urge you to turn inward, find that time for contemplation and discover the freeing of our anxieties – the denial of worldly pleasures. If you wish to understand the psychological reasons why we are feeling the way we do in this generation, please take the time to read The Third Revolution by Catholic psychologist Karl Stern – paying close attention to the last few chapters which are a treasure for the Church on the topic of Catholic psychology.
Copyright 2018 Janele Hoerner
About the Author
Janele Hoerner is the author of Loving the Soul Beneath the Autism: An Interior Analysis of the Impact a Special Needs Child Bestows upon the Family. She wishes to help all individuals to become selfless by the presence of special needs individuals in the community. She lives with her husband and their five children, two of which are on the Autism Spectrum, in central Pennsylvania. Visit Janele's blog at Loving the Soul Beneath the Autism.