The “4 Conventions of Human Dignity” were elaborated by the International Mental Health Standards Board in 2017. In a fast-pace transforming world, with more of economical instability creating wider gaps between the rich and the poor; more of environmental concerns, leaving populations exposed to unhealthier living places; more of political uncertainty and abuse of power, forcing populations to witness or to be taken hostage into conflicts, wars, injustice and eventually, with the traumatic consequence of displacement; more of distractions promoted by any means including technology use, substance abuse, lies and all sorts of manipulation purposely intended to prevent and divert us from analyzing, thinking deeply about what we really need and how we should define and see ourselves.
We are now confronted to conditions that nurture constantly our sense of unfairness, converting our capacity of tolerance and empathy into anger, rigidity and radicalism. When we reach that state of mind, we think wrongly that our security is endangered and, that our “perceived little gains” are greatly at risks, or to be stolen or to be taken away. When in fact, all this lies in worlds of illusions. Then, we look into convincing or joining other people thinking alike to empower what we like to believe. But when we do this, it has for only purpose to remove any potential sense of guilt for thinking what we think and feeling what we feel.
Lets be clear, the gains are always very temporary and come at a very high cost. History proves that there was never such behaviour being successful in doing so.
Our mental health condition is aggravated by the avoidance and self-justification we use to legitimate the destructive behaviours we consciously or unconsciously chose to adopt. One or the other, the consequences are the same. We are incapacitated to look at the reality as it is, and because of that, we can’t be constructive in solutions to better the world. And because there are no Status Quo to be found in life, what’s not constructive become automatically destructive.
The 4 Conventions of Human Dignity are clear statements indispensable to reflect on the basics of who we are first and foremost and what are the behaviours and values we must endorse to learn and live together in peace and this, in any context.