Augusto Cury: Pentru ca un psihopat să se elibereze, el trebuie să înveţe să iubească arta de a se îndoi; researcher in the field of quality of life and development of intelligence, addressing the nature, construction and dynamics of emotion and thoughts

6 Jan

Dacă elevii stau în şcoală timp de patru ani, ca simpli auditori de informaţie, ei încetează să mai pună întrebări altora şi lor înşişi şi devin spectatori pasivi. In acest proces, unii tineri devin aroganţi şi insensibili, căpătând stări de anxietate şi psihopatie. Din ce se alimentează, pe plan intelectual, psihopaţii şi dictatorii? Din adevăruri absolute. Ei nu se îndoiesc, nu-şi pun la îndoială comportamentele inumane. Lumea se învârteşte în jurul adevărurilor lor. Ei îi rănesc pe ceilalţi şi nu simt durerea lor. Pentru ca un psihopat să se elibereze, el trebuie să înveţe să iubească arta de a se îndoi, căci numai
aşa va şti să se re-gândească pe sine şi să se pună în locul celorlalţi. Profesorii trebuie să-şi depăşească viciul de a transmite cunoaşterea de-a gata, ca pe nişte adevăruri absolute. Chiar şi pentru simplul motiv că, la fiecare zece ani, multe adevăruri ale ştiinţei devin perimate şi îşi pierd valoarea.”

More quotes:

Everyone wants the scent of flowers, but few dirty their hands to cultivate them.

Being happy is making the small things spectacular in our eyes, making much of little. One who makes little of much is  miserable, and needs to purchase dreams of healthy emotion.

WHAT DO YOU REGRET MOST?
A. Many things, but I most regret not having time to enter into more profound layers with the people I love. We engage in many activities but sometimes we forget the essential.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST QUALITY?
A. Being passionate about people and considering every human being a live star on the stage of existence.

Q. IF YOU COULD ACQUIRE ANY TALENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. Being a gardener, tending the flowers, making them spectacular to my eyes.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

A. Recognizing that I am just a human being, and even though I have millions of readers I will never give importance to the cult of celebrity, because that is a symptom of a sick society.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FLAW?

A. I have several defects. Perhaps the biggest one is not expending more time being a friend of God, to understand the One who is hidden behind the veil of time and space.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR BEST QUALITY?

A. Being passionate about people and considering every human being a live star on the stage of existence.

Q. IF YOU COULD BE ANY PERSON OR THING, WHO OR WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. I would be a bird, who, even after suffering nocturnal tempests, in the morning rejoices jubilantly.

Q. WHAT TRAIT IS MOST NOTICEABLE ABOUT YOU?

A. People have easy access to me.

Q. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL HERO?

A. Hamlet, who in his lunacy found lucidity.

Q. IF YOU COULD MEET ANY HISTORICAL CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM OR HER?

A. I would tell Einstein that it was a drastic error to commit his son to the asylum and to never visit him. The man who knew most about the forces of the universe was defeated by a force of the universe more complex than the physical: the human mind.  

Q. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

A. Thinking about death. I think it puts an end to a fascinating life. On the other hand, I take comfort in thinking that life is a grand text, and death is just a comma, because the text is still being written in eternity.

The Dreamseller:

Pleasure had become as wide as an ocean but as shallow as a pond. (p.3)

Human beings hate pain but have an extreme attraction to it. (p.4)

If he thinks, he’ll understand that guilt, mistakes, disappointments and misfortune are the privileges of living. (p.9)

We’re both ignorant. The difference between us is that I recognize my ignorance. (p.13)

Mental health professionals are poets of existence, they have a grand mission. However, they can’t put a patient into a theoretical text, yet try desperately to put a theoretical text inside of a person. Don’t trap your patients between the walls of a theory, or you’ll reduce their abilities to grow. Each sickness is unique to the one who’s sick. Every sick person has a mind. And every mind is an infinite universe. (p.32)

I didn’t fear death, but I was deathly afraid of being embarassed. God, I was sicker than I thought. (p.36)

The greatest reason for staying alive is life itself. (p.37)

The fundamental purpose of dreams isn’t success but to free us from conformity. (p.41)

People lost their inhibitions to technology, and felt more comfortable dealing with machines than with other people. Not to engage others is a tolerable act, but not to engage oneself is indefensible. (p.121)

We live longer physically than in the past, but time seems to pass so much faster. The months rush by, the years fly by. Many are in the infancy of their mental development but look at themselves and discover their bodies are seventy or eighty. Nowadays, eighty-year-olds have the mentality of history’s twenty-year-olds. (p.125)

Life passes quickly in this small interval of time. To live it slowly and meaningfully is the great challenge of mortal men.(p.126)

The god constructed by man, the religious god, is merciless, intolerant, elitist and prejudiced. But the god who hides behind the scens of existence is generous. His capacity to forgive has no limits. It inspires us to carry those who frustrate us as often as necessary. (p.134)

The weak use weapons; the strong, their words. (p.143)

What a crime that what the fashion world has stereotyped as ‘beautiful’ is nothing more than a generic accident. (p.145)

What’s normal if not that which satisfies each person? Isn’t being satisfied enough? (p.150)

Stop the neurotic need to change others. No one can change anyone else. Whoever demands more of others than of himself is qualified to work in finance, but not with human beings. (p.168)

Human beings choose to live on islands when they should be on continents. And other times, they are on continents when they should be on islands. In other words, they should be sharing ideas and experiences to help everyone overcome frustrations. But we should be islands – individuals – when it comes to taste, lifestyle, art and culture. Television fast food, the fashion industry all have served to homogenize our tastes and styles. We’ve lost our sense of individuality. (p.184)

[Capitalism] produces freedom of expression and possession, but not freedom of simply being. (p.206)

What unbearable burden. What colossal pain. As I listened to him, I began to understand that all of us, however successful, we all miss out on something. The warm sun sets on us all, no one sails forever on tranquil seas. Some lose more, others less; some suffer avoidable losses, others unavoidable. Some lose in the social arena, others in the theater of the mind. And if someone manages to get through life untouched, there is still something he loses: youth. (p.229)

We had lost the joy of simply being. We were brought up to work, to grow, to progress, and unfortunately also to betray our very essence on our short time in existence. What kind of madhouse are we living in? (p.236)

Life is very, very long for making mistakes, but frighteningly short for living. (p.237)

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