I have been in two minds about writing this post (no pun intended as I do suffer from schizophrenia which literally means split mind in Greek, where the word originates from). I have always tried to make my blog and newsletters accessible to everyone and don’t want to come across as forcing anything upon anyone, other than gardening maybe. I just can’t help but notice how many references there are to gardening and agriculture in the Bible. I wasn’t raised with a religion, but in my mid-teens I became very interested in learning about what people believe and why. I was searching for answers to questions and looking for more meaning in life. I started reading the Bible in my early 20s. I have exhausted the CEV (Contemporary English Version) which was given to me as a gift from a Christian friend I met in French when I was at university, who is now a French teacher. A few years ago, I started reading the NIV (New International Version), which was given to me as a gift for my 21st birthday from my best and dearest friend who I attended school with, who is also a teacher.
I focused on history and law at university, but I am perhaps most fascinated by philosophy and religion as subjects, even though I didn’t study them formally. People have different values and ways of looking at things, and sometimes they cannot always be reconciled. Both philosophy and religion underpin a lot of conflicts, not just between countries but also between individuals, even if it may not seem that way. For me personally, it is interesting that since I developed schizophrenia a decade ago, I discovered gardening in parallel because it has been such good therapy for my condition. It also really brought to life what I have been reading in my spare time over the past 20 or so years.