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Mutually supportive people and everyday life PDF Print E-mail
Life – Consciousness

Arc-traLittle by little, in history, people who are mutually supportive in anthropological and psychological terms have emerged. The recognition of the value of such solidarity has progressed to a degree where society has advanced to another level, to that of institutionalised solidarity.

People who show solidarity with their fellow-men are the great comforters who bring out the value of good will and love in the experiential conditions of loneliness; they do this either of their own accord, or through institutions, with an abundance of spontaneous voluntarism. Such people are the joy of the human race.

They echo the goodness of being and that personalist existentialism in which 'others are our paradise'. They express to a certain degree Kafka's demand for individuality, for the experience of relationships.

They make their fellow-man ready, at the moment of death, to die in peace and freedom. They serve as a basic expression of the sympathy, mercy, and compassion of being, of the emanation of the world from being, from the spirit, and God, as Plotinus[1]  conceived it - among others.

There have been many examples of people practising solidarity from antiquity down to the present: we could recall the mythical Gudea, and the full brotherhood between Gilgamesh and Enkidu, as well as Codrus and Solon. In modern times, also, we can think of Henri Dunant, and many other protagonists in the world-wide spirit of humanitarianism, both in the field of ideas, and in that of human relations.

Happily, we encounter mutually supportive people serving or being served in a hospital, as doctors, as patients, as nurses, and as fellow-men. This provides a consoling feeling at the points of major need, like that which has survived on battlefields between soldier and soldier.

Mutually supportive people find fulfilment in the group spirit, in that impersonality of good which does not operate on a transactional footing, but which expresses the spirit of service at a level of motivation, mentality, relationships, and behaviour. These people become milder in the psychological field, on terms of liberating closeness to the One. They function experientially within institutions and among individuals; they break down, existentially, the loneliness of otherness by personalist persuasiveness.
[1] Plotinus: "Seeking nothing, possessing nothing, lacking nothing, the One is perfect and  has overflowed, and its exuberance has produced the new: this product has turned again to its begetter and been filled and has become its contemplator and so an Intellectual-Principle". Ubaldo, Nicola, Anthology of Philosophy [Greek edition], publ. Enalios, 2005.

Yiannis Zisis, writer

Photograph by wikimedia

Date of publication (in Greek): 20 July 2012


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