Monday, February 28, 2011
Today i would like to talk about the "Human Condition". According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_condition, the human condition encompasses the experiences of being human in a social, cultural, and personal context. Some more in depth examples of influential factors on the Human Condition may be our parents and friends, the things we eat and subject ourselves to, and even our Churches in which we attend. Our Human Condition is individualized to the point where there is not another person on the face of the Earth in the past, present, or future that will be exactly like us.
We are all and were all created to be unique. In the movie Bicentennial man, a robot who has a uniqueness of having a conscious and personality to him strives to become more human. At one point in the movie as the robot (who is played by Robin Williams) is deciding on what he would like to look like, he receives counseling into purposefully having imperfections in his physical appearance. He is told that in the small imperfections we truly identify ourselves as being an unique individual.
To bring it back into the schemes of Counseling and being a Christian, we know that God has a plan and specifically choose to have us look the way we do for a reason. In fact i would even say it is all apart of his "Perfect Plan", that no two people will be the exact same. This "Perfect Plan for Imperfection" was not a fluke and did not just come about with no intention.
I believe that in Counseling not only do we need to be aware of the differences that we all have from one another due the code's of ethic's that we may adhere to. I also believe that we should embrace and celebrate these differences due to the Commandment to love others. Our differences are what make us special, they set us apart, and were even God ordained. Shouldn't we as Christians and as Counselors set ourselves apart and take a positive stand and really give encouragement to be different, celebrate unique personal experiences, and even comfort individuals who may not like the person they are?
I would encourage you today to take some time out of your day to actually sit down and speak with someone who is noticeably different than you. Acknowledge your differences and see potentially how God may have worked through them to speak to someone that you may have never had the opportunity to.