Apocalypse! It seems that every day we are assailed with news from every corner of the globe that threatens to overwhelm many aspects of our lives and possibly destroy the world we know. Inflammatory words such as deadly, fatal, hopeless, disastrous, catastrophic, and so on enter into many media articles, and they affect us – either with a sense of hopelessness and fear, or anger and frustration.Continue Reading
Every day the media gives more accounts of hectares of forest burned, property lost and families sifting through the rubble of their homes to try to find items with precious memories. What is not yet being talked much about are the health impacts on those affected by this kind of disaster and loss.
The BC government has a helpful information site that lists the social or financial assistance affected individuals can obtain, but the site gives little attention to the mental and physical health needs of those who experience ongoing trauma from such loss, despite significant increases in research around this issue and growing efforts in the medical field to address it.Continue Reading
With the USA pulling out of the Paris climate change accord, the subject of global warming is again front and centre news. Predictions of rising seas, melting glaciers, drought, famine and disruptions to the economy undergird the concerns.
What climate scientists have found over the course of decades of meetings – such as this recent one – is that although world leaders may intellectually understand the concerns being conveyed and agree in principle, there is often no meaningful follow-through that leads to specific and consistent actions that make a difference. Instead, this issue has often led to rancorous, disparate views about the actual science of climate change, about the data, and about the economics of mobilizing very different nations and cultures to do something effective.Continue Reading
Gender issues are currently enjoying a resurgence in conversation around the globe, and rightly so. Are men and women really hardwired from birth to think, act and communicate differently? For generations we have been led to believe gender determines how we think and act. As women fight for gender parity in wages and the workplace, and feminism worldwide works to root out a culture of violence against women, what of men? Sometimes in the urge to press forwards with women’s issues – important though that they are – men’s needs are ignored.
Realizing that this was a problem, author and marriage counsellor John Gray saw a way to open the discussion to include men. In his 1992 best-selling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Gray promoted a new twist to the old theory that men and women are by nature different, and therefore act and communicate differently. And millions nodded their heads sagely and said, “I always knew that.” And, almost everything in our society today – health products, movies, educational pedagogy, and gymnasiums – is designed to reinforce the two-planet theory.Continue Reading