"ΤΟΠΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΑ ΤΗΣ ΠΟΛΗΣ": ΔΙΑΛΕΞΕΙΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΕΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΙΚΟ ΤΥΠΟΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ (ΒΙΝΤΕΟ)
A World Council of
Churches and Conference of European Churches online regional consultation on
the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
Challenges faced by
European churches and society during the pandemic. Where does this lead us?
“Health, anti-vaccine propaganda”
Our health (physical, psychological, and spiritual) defines the way we interact in the experiences of life. The “healthy” person who feels real and alive is able to incorporate his and her being into the whole, to be a significant part of a universal experience that is not centered around one’s self, without feeling that personal autonomy, genuineness and a sense of worth is at state. Thus, one’s existential fulfillment as a person is determined on how one participates, interacts, co-exists in the catholicity of being. To fully participate in this catholicity, one has to develop and maintain a sense of ontological security – a basic sense of trust – that will allow one to cope with the “enemies” (the difficulties) that threaten life – the greatest being death. Without a sense of security and trust, the circumstances of daily life and human relationships will be a living threat, a sheer hell, and one will have to contrive ways to preserve a sense of being. The inner threat of the self is often projected as an outer enemy that needs to be defeated. When an outer threat is real – as in the case of the Covid-19 virus – one’s inner threats become even more horrifying. To deal with this, one will create one’s own reality, denying the threat that surely exists. Thus, one will form one’s own world in which he or she will be able to fully control to preserve one’s autonomy and identity, so that the projected or real “enemy” will not invade and destroy one’s sense of being. Such a defensive reaction, based on denial and displacement, harbors fear to the point of paranoia, anger and, on a social level, a type of group or “tribal” isolation – separateness. This separateness does not mean that the experiences of the world will not affect him or her. On the contrary, these experiences will be in interpreted and processed within the unreal world the threatened self has created.