In this video, the narrator uses the seven-stage model of psychological transition put forward by Sugarman in her book "Life-Span Development" to explore the emotional side of personal transition from Christian to Atheist. It is very useful for SafeHouse, a resting place and support group for people in transition of religious faith. The SafeHouse can watch this video and discuss.
這套 YouTube 短片以心理發展的七個階段模型理解由基督徒過渡到無神論者的情緒轉變。看來十分適合「心靈休息室」觀看及討論。（「心靈休息室」是一個為宗教信仰轉變者而設的互助小組。）
Have you ever pondered on the issue of “death”? Tonight, a group member presented his views on this topic. He took a personal approach instead of a theoretical one. At the age of 12, when he was on the way to a movie, he witnessed a serious accident, in which a middle-aged woman was hit at the head by a falling street lamp post. He didn’t saw the actual action but the scene was terrible enough: the woman lying on the ground with her skull cracked open and part of her brain exposed. At that moment, he knew what terror really was. When he grew up, he graduated from a seminary and became a church pastor, though he eventually quitted. He had witnessed many times old parents of Christian children resisted conversion life-long and yet yielded and received baptism towards the ends of their lives. In his opinion, old failing parents subcribe to their children’s Christian religion because they want their children to feel better—with a hope to “see again in heaven”.
“Death” is a big topic that always fascinates me. I am my brain. Physical damage or disruption of its energy supply (glucose and oxygen) causes my “death”. Biology has listed several characteristics of life such as organization, energy use, homeostasis, responsiveness, growth, and reproduction. But living organisms can be understood as complex molecular machines, ie, they can be just moving “non-living” structures. Is virus living or non-living? The line between living and non-living can be vague. What is so fearful to cross the vague line to the other side? Perhaps “fear” is actually the instinct of living structures to stay alive.
Tonight, Flora presented briefly about Art and led us drew. Followings are the notes she had prepared.
On the April 6 SafeHouse gathering, we watched a TV documentary about an American woman who has undergone transgender hormonal manipulation to become a man but has not completed gender assignment surgery, ie, he still has his female reproductive organs intact. He was later married to his wife who could not reproduce because of previous hysterectomy. Eventually, the couple decided to have a baby and he was the one who went pregnant! According to local federal laws, “mother” must be the biological mother of the baby, that means on the birth certificate of the baby, he was labelled as the “mother” and his wife was the “father”! The incidence quickly drew media attention and raised many deep and important questions. My understanding of take-for-granted notions such as “male/female”, “husband/wife”, “father/mother”, etc., was widened.
Alex from UUHK