We are going through a rough time in which, if you look carefully, you will notice the destructive fires of conflict burning. Sometimes among countries, groups, people, sometimes between a person and the “other”, any “other” in their lives, and other times inside the person itself, an internal conflict.
At the same time, everyone speaks of peace. These voices can be truly original and honest, as well as the efforts made towards it and ever since the plays of Aristophanes (comic playwright of ancient Athens) the cries for peace are growing when war prevails.
As for the other kind of peace, the internal one,* the one that each of us agonizes to find within ourselves but also between us, the more we distance ourselves from it, the more science struggles to help us regain it. Psychiatry, psychology, consulting, are embracing the upset soul aiming to assist it, until peace is declared within itself, and with the world around it.
If we draw our attention within, the first thing we will realize is that most of us barely know our own selves. We spend our entire lives trying to make this acquaintance, nevertheless, no matter how hard we try to attain the “know thyself” status, it seems to be slipping through our fingers. For, if we did know ourselves, if we could comprehend our entirety, our’ unified entity, we would be aware of our true needs and we would show more respect towards them. We would take ourselves more seriously, accept and love ourselves. We would live consciously and peacefully within ourselves. We would not be so prone to diseases.
However it is very hard for us to accept the Socratic saying “The only thing I know is that I know nothing”. Especially those of us who went to school and got education, and even more those of us who got “a lot of education”, those who pursued and attained higher education. We learned so many things for the body, the soul and the world around us, we were evaluated on this knowledge, we got grades for it and we have the diplomas that prove it. How can we then accept, after all of this, that “we don’t know”? How to believe that we are wandering without a compass? If it is as we know and say, then why do we keep getting sick, why do we suffer, why are we still tormented? Why are we fighting our own selves, why are we not making peace with them?
Is there a chance that our general, trivial knowledge that we gained at school is so “general” that it doesn’t allow us to grasp to what extent it is really concerning us?
“One only understands the things that one tames”, said the fox to the Little Prince, that she so much wished to be a friend of, in the celebrated novel by Saint Exupery. That is, one can know only what they approach with wisely calculated and careful steps, with respect and love. *To get to know ourselves then, we must “tame” them, coming in peace, with intentions of understanding, approval and after all, love. *No one taught us that in school, we never came across such a teaching method.
Pedagogy of peace, within ourselves first.
The disclosure of the Tri-Anthropo-Type Model, the most complete and precise Model, not only of self-awareness but also self-improvement and self-healing, can fairly be declared as a “Pedagogue of Peace”.
For, upon what else can peace be established, if not acceptance and the consequent respect?
On knowing our own selves, accepting ourselves but also respecting ourselves in this case.
On self-love in other words, which cannot exist without inner peace.
On that part of the gospel sayings, of paramount importance, “as yourself”, contained in the phrase “love others as yourself”. Which implies that self-love is a necessary condition in order to be able to love another.
The Tri-Anthropo-Type Paschalidis Model, ensures the knowledge of ourselves. We learn that, according to the Type we belong to, we have specific and clearly defined biological and psychological traits, specific nutritional needs and predisposition to precise physical and mental malfunctions. We learn about the brain areas we are functioning with, and how this governs our behavior. We learn how to observe and interpret our organism and personality. What we can practically perform, so as to ensure
both mental and physical health.
It therefore constitutes the key to the door of self-peace.
The Tri-Anthropo-Type Paschalidis Model allows us to imagine and visualize a society, in which each of us make a good use of our ability to get to know not only ourselves but also others, free of delusions, exactly as we are. This society is based on the acceptance of reality and on the fact that we are not as different as we thought after all.
On the fact that we are so different, but at the same time so much alike.
It is a society of self- and hetero-awareness, which is founded on the pedagogy of self-peace and as such, it is the only one in which “love others as yourself” can actually be embodied, the basis of any peaceful coexistence.
Source: G. Paschalidis “Love Opening – Path to Life”, revised edition.