What does positive psychology have to say about bread, education, freedom? Yesterday was the anniversary of the celebration of 17 November. A day I need to remember. In relation to what shapes my daily life today. But also what needs my society meets and in what way. It makes me wonder, is the slogan timely? And what do I do about it? Have I taken responsibility for my own needs? Am I involved in ensuring that my fellow citizens can enjoy their coverage? November 17 is the celebration of another very important NO! The NO to dictatorship. But also the YES to the assertion of important rights. What does positive psychology really have to suggest about all this?
Some history about 17 November
November 17, 1973 wasthe day of the peak of the demonstrations that started from the Polytechnic against the Junta regime. Very early in the morning of that day the army was ordered to intervene. One of the three tanks that were lined up at the Polytechnic broke the famous iron gate. Citizens died that day defending their rights.
The slogan “Bread-Education-Freedom ” dominated the rallies and meetings that had already been going on for four days. Bread was not only about food, but also about money and work. Education was very limited with unlimited censorship, as well as art. And across the whole face of social life. Freedom was the biggest blow. And to freedom of expression, speech, political ideas, values, and universal rights.
What does positive psychology have to say today about “Bread, Education and Freedom”?
Positive psychology is the science that studies the good life. It studies what it is that brings happiness, prosperity. Quality life, with satisfaction and longevity. As I embrace my strengths and weaknesses that. And here’s the question: Can there be a good life in a dictatorship? Even for those in power. No. Because even they live a life based on fear. And they may have power over others but that cannot make them happy. Only maybe satisfied for a while. With a contentment that has a crooked foundation and soon falls away.
To have good food, work, money. To have access to good education, that way I can develop the best version of myself. As well as having the freedom to be all that I am, and to have the choices to evolve in the best way possible. All of this helps in my own self-actualization. But they also support the evolution of society, which can then truly flourish.
The claim of “Bread-Food-Freedom” is a demand of positive psychology. And it wants me, you and all of us to claim it every day. And let 17 November be a good reminder when we forget!