As we have seen in the prior material, truth is splendid but often scandalous, and challenging to illumninate to say the least.
As hard as it was for the Poles for example to shine the light on solidarity and bring the Berlin wall crashing down, as hard as it is to shine a light on the atrocities of authority, how much harder is it to shine a star on the walled off truths of mental illness in our own culture and families.
We cannot point the finger at these literal skeletons in our closet on anyone else. They are right here. We have done this to ourselves somehow.
Yet if we do not discuss them, the harm, fear and injustice continue unchecked.
Thus we seek a way to shine a light on this truth.
We recommend doing this in a garden or natural setting where the music of birds and breezes is like a balm to the human soul, or if possible by a river or ocean where the all consoling voice of God is heard in the bubbling water.
If this is not feasible, play happy music and sing a sweet song.
Hope and joy are the final part of this equation.
How do we know gardens make us happy?
well, try it, but also see two academic experiments on this topic: Walden Pond, and Wellesley College.
Both stories grew out of a frustration with Boston and books and sought a return to the garden as a way for us to find our hearts again.
If you live in a big old city, there's likely a river or shore of some sort you can visit and listen to..which is even better than a garden. How many Italianate Gardens have fountains to add the sound of rushing water?
and you can probably thank Olmstead and his friends for some of the parks...after you thank the Grand Gardener by saying "wir danken dir, Gott".
Returning to the social and psychological dangers of walling up our sorrows in a bricked up bastion and never discussing them, Let us use a parable--In the awful story "the Cask of Amontillado" typical of the drug fueled nightmares of Poe, a freemason kills his vulnerable and trusting friend during the festivities of Carnival, which precedes Lent in the Christian Church.
The motive is a perceived insult and the method pure malice: he walls him into a wine cave alive brick by brick and leaves him to die, laughing as the friend screams "for the love of god."
No one will ever know, because the body rots behind the wall.
It is the killer himself who ultimately confessess.
The Valanga di Vita by contrast planned to use bricks to build an open memorial, to expose vendetta for what it is,to let nature heal it, and to commemorate in love the value of each and every human life lost to mental illness.
This would be a teaching tool and would allow people to see how much economic justification there was to the project: how much money was owed to the people who take care of those who wish to kill them.
This would be the foundation of the University, not just economically, but symbolically and even physically in some way.
ASIDE TO CHRISTIANS: The Madonna or Virgin is often associated with Roses, not only the Virgin of guadalupe but as in the Rosary or crown of Roses itself.
A story is told of a young friar who joyfully made crowns of roses to decorate a statue of the Mother of Christ nad decided to leave the friary when he no longer had time to do this.
According to the story, the Madonna appeared and taught him to pray a crown of Joys which later became popular among all Franciscans.
So if you find your spirit flagging,a crown of roses might be a remedy.
STRIPES: here we need to proceed slowly.