by Golnaz Shariatzadeh, United Kingdom
A Letter to the Editor of The Courier Mail: A response to a recent article – “New age ‘medicine’ of Serge Benhayon leaves trail of broken families”
In a society…
- Where the rate of illness and disease is forever increasing,
- Where I am forever hearing people say they are exhausted,
- Where it is accepted to drink although your body throws it up,
- Where it is accepted to smoke, although the initial response of the body before it became numb was to violently cough,
- Where it is accepted to eat anything, although we feel bloated, lethargic or wired-up afterwards,
- Where it is accepted to act in a way that damages our body, and we are proud to ‘defeat’ the body’s limitations, although we would never be as disregarding to our car or another prized item,
- Where people are so numb to their feelings that they are happy to win at the expense of another, and not feel the bad taste in their mouths,
- Where people are so used to drowning their heart with the voice in their head, that they will harm and even kill others as long as some convenient ‘justified reason’ is provided for the fight,
- Where pornography has become a norm, to an extent that it is easily accessed by anyone, and even school kids are experiencing peer pressure to get involved,
- Where people have given up on the innocent joy and the immense love of everyone they might have had when young – to the extent that it is deemed stupid to even try,
… I am astounded that instead of following up any of the headings above – to bring more light and clarity to the predicament our world is in – your article sets about to discredit a group of people who are trying to explore and experiment in their own lives to find another way.
Even if your negative comments and innuendos were true, which they are not, the endeavours of anyone to bring a welcome change to the ridiculous life we have created on our planet merits your support, not your undermining.
I feel personally undermined in my endeavours: I am someone who has always, even before I encountered Universal Medicine, looked for ways of helping the world, and finding ways of having a more harmonious life for myself and for everyone around me. I feel betrayed that you have taken it upon yourself to portray Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine in any light other than the integrity, caring and honouring nature unfailingly demonstrated by them, and with which your own interview was undoubtedly treated. And I feel your portrayal of women in your article akin to that of mindless simpletons that blindly follow what someone tells them; and your mocking their choice to honour themselves, and discourage dishonouring behaviour, is shocking and distasteful.
Finally, let me reflect the beliefs I witness demonstrated by your article:
- Acceptable to fish for stories by looking at other stories and have a pre-conceived agenda for the story before doing any interviews.
- Commendable to write in a way that knowingly misleads and causes emotional response.
- Deemed enough to interview both sides as a show of impartiality, but not represent both sides fairly.
- Does not matter if innocent people are harmed and vilified as long as copies/hits targets are achieved.
- Responses to the article will not all get printed, and those printed do not need to get printed in their entirety, so it is acceptable to not be accountable for the article one writes.
- It is ok to drown out the bad taste in one’s mouth from this way of living by numbing oneself with overwork, or drinking it all away under the guise of relaxing.