We all receive information through the news about children who have been assaulted somewhere in the world, whether at school, at home, or in the streets. Others suffer labor exploitation due to economic necessity, war, displacement, or living in refugee camps. All these situations compromise their lives permanently, so it is imperative to prioritize the welfare of children and build peaceful spaces for their development.
Before the European conquest and all known migrations, North America was home to dozens of ethnic groups with different traditions and languages, as well as a social structure with a political organization, economy, and spirituality based on a deep respect for nature.
Years ago, children played in gardens or in the countryside, close to nature, and observed life cycles. They had a closer coexistence with their loved ones: grandparents were accompanied in their illnesses and when they died, funerals were held in their homes. In our time, despite access to media information, medical advances, and constant migration, children have distanced themselves from the knowledge of death and the way in which mourning is experienced throughout life.
On April 25, 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico and thus began one of the most dramatic and painful chapters in history. Due to the North American expansionist policy, and the resistance of the Mexican government to sell the northern states, an armed intervention of more than 10,000 soldiers was carried out, who faced a powerful Mexican army. The war extended to Mexico City and, in 1847, peace was agreed upon through the Treaties of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, in exchange for ceding several states in northern Mexico to the United States.
Thanatology is the knowledge related to the causes and effects of the end of earthly life. It arose with the purpose of alleviating the physical and emotional pain that occurs in a terminal patient, that is, in a person who suffers and knows the diagnosis of his or her illness, from which he or she is possibly going to die in a short time.
The loss of a job or employment, in any circumstance, is usually very painful, so much so that it is difficult to find meaning in life: it is one of the most difficult griefs to manage. The reality is that we are always in the possibility of living this experience, and it is important to know how to move on.
The title of this installment comes from the film directed by Chris Weitz (2011), in English: A Better Life , which tells the story of a Mexican gardener who works in the United States without legal documents. His life is spent with great effort and risks when pruning the tall palm trees in California, without adequate safety equipment. “Carlos”, the gardener, has a reason to live and that is to achieve a good future for his son.
The first psychological therapies were developed at the end of the 19th century and have evolved as mental health has become a priority to improve people’s lives. In particular, it is very recent the attention given to the so-called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which consists of the impossibility of recovering from a serious emotional experience that generates physiological damage to the nervous system and consequences in the body’s health.