For the first ever blog post entry, I figured it would be a great place to start if I defined the blog’s namesake.

Zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst]
noun, German.
1. the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.

Most often associated with German philosopher Georg Hegel, in his works he uses the phrase der Geist seiner Zeit (the spirit of his time) as a way to suggest that “no man can surpass his own time, for the spirit of his time is also his own spirit.” So Zeitgeist does mean the Spirit of The Time or the Spirit of the Age, depending on who you ask. I prefer the subtle difference that encompasses the latter translation, because age seems more elaborate and more infinite than a specific time.

I chose this title, because in this blog I hope to document some of my thoughts on topics within my areas of interest, which over the last few years, has been psychology and the ideas surrounding human interaction and behaviour, from the negative to the ideal. And as Hegel suggested in his Lectures on the Philosophy of History, what we think about is greatly influenced by the ideas that transpose our era. To this extent, I believe that this also seeps into what we make of ourselves. We live in a fast-paced world where daily dialogues are made for the betterment of the world as a whole, but how often do we fend for our own selves, our own well-being?

We still live in a rat race society, and it has become much more stressful and demanding. Ultimately, this has led to more problems and illnesses, both physically and mentally. That is the spirit of our age, but it is also true that we should be doing something about it. These first two decades of the 21st century, where human escapades and revolutions in online media are constantly highlighted, we are also seeing its effect on our own personal and psychological journeys. It is seen when we are part of the greatest development of technology and culture in human history; however, it is also where we see the terrible incendiaries that challenge what we think of ourselves, our bodies, and our mental health each and every day.  And this is what the trend of my blog will hopefully show – the mental pictures that we paint of ourselves, the masterpieces that we hope others will see, and the actual slate that is scribbled on as we age (Re: John Locke, Tabula rasa).

The Spirit of our Age is this. We live in a world where mental health is discussed, but no action is taken on its part. And how can we continue to avoid something that we stare at each time we look into the mirror in the morning? Let’s open up the discussions, the movements, and the pressing need that we all should have to better understand the concerns of mental health. Because without ourselves, who are we really?

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