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Theology Slam: Sara Prats on Theology and Mental Health

To discover who we are, we need to look
at ourselves from the context in which we have been created. Since God has
manifest himself through the creation, humanity has become part of this dynamic mystery which is holding and unfolding the whole universe outside time and
space. To discover who we are, we need to look at ourselves from the context in
which we have been created. According to Genesis, you and I have been made in the
image of God. And because God has manifest himself has communicated himself, through a Trinitarian relationship, why we human beings don’t think that we also
need a relationship and otherness in order to find out our true identity. In
the same way that we need a mirror in order to look at our face, our outer self,
maybe we need another mirror in order to look to our inner self. St John also
says that God is love. So we have been created from love, that means that our
identity is bestowed on us by God’s loving gaze, and that we seek love in the
way to our true home. What would happen if we suddenly stopped looking at God,
stopped relating with him? Maybe that we will try to satisfy this longing for
finding an identity and love through other relationships that are not based
on the divine love, leading to a less solid sense of self and a more vulnerable
self-esteem. Therefore, God is the beginning and end of our human identity
or self understanding and acceptance God is our homecoming. God is the loving gaze that defines us. Recent research reveals that an increase in levels of stress and
sense of pressure among the group of people of my generation, called
Millennials. Since social media has become a means for gaining popularity and a profile, this group of young adults is ever increasing the use of such
platforms. They are also spending a significant amount of time trying to
accumulate academic and professional recognition and achievements. All these
new trends have been related with a concerning increase in mental-health
issues. For example, Shannon, a young woman, earlier this year shared through The
Guardian newspaper that she had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety
during her teens. She acknowledges that social media badly affected her
mental health. She said that seeing everybody looking
so happy and enjoying their lives made her actually feel worse. Like if she was
even doing something wrong with her life. She expressed that this positive image
that so many people try to show through social media actually affects
people who are struggling with painful emotions, like her, but keep scrolling
through social media like Facebook or Instagram. Now I would like to share the
reflection with you. If my value as a person lies only in the society or in
other relationships, it is easier to see how my sense of worth and identity is
built upon the comparison between my self-image and the social standards I
believe I need to fulfil. Now, what if my personal value, my value as a person, is
intrinsically conferred on my being by the one who loves me the most, and I use him
as a reference to find my identity. I also would like to point out that this
contemporary remedy for the loss of our true mirror paradoxically seems to fit
the disease. According to the magazine The New Psychotherapist, this overuse of
social media among Millennials is resulting in a less solid sense of self,
a less community sense, a lack of trust in others, and in feelings of
purposelessness and loneliness. And then the vicious cycle starts, because, due to
this outcome, our lives are more and more absorbed by internet use and online
relationships, increasing the rates in self-judgement, suicidal feelings,
depression, and anxiety disorders. The Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal
stated: “Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature. Man’s true good being lost, everything becomes his good. Maybe we could paraphrase this code,
saying: “Man’s true mirror being lost, anything can become his mirror. Man’s
true love source being lost, anything can become our source first to find
self-esteem. Maybe, just maybe, if we look up at God
instead of down to our mobile phones, we will fear less the sense of being no one,
of being different than the rest, or the lack of recognition from others. Is
this actually the fear and also the solution that is dragging so many
Millennials into depression and anxiety disorders? Maybe, if we get a way
of discouraging distractions and we plug our hearts into the infinite
source of love we originally come from we will finally find what we are really
looking for: God’s love being poured into our hearts. And eventually, we will feel at
home. Maybe, all this just depends on asking ourselves: who do I choose to be
my mirror?

Otis Rodgers



  1. Graham Heath Posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:23 am

    This is such a helpful message. Truly, as those created by and for love, we are homesick for God and are restless until we find our rest in Him and His love.