As I moved along in my library read through project, the next Dewey class I encountered was 100-200 Philosopy and Psychology. The exchange of ideas between human minds is a fascinating process that we may never completely understand. The more we learn, the more there is to learn. I found this section quite interesting since I have a B.S. in Psychology and was required to study the philosophers in college. I suppose this means I know enough to be dangerous. Nonetheless I enjoyed reviewing some topics and encountering others for the first time. As you might imagine philosophy and psychology cover nearly limitless topics. Some of these topics include the reality of Heaven, dreams and their interpretations, human behavior, coping with loss, biomedical ethics, and animal rights.
Since I am no stranger to loss, I found books on coping with loss particularly compassionate. For those of us who are especially grieving the loss of a child, books dealing with Heaven can bring tears of comfort to our eyes. When grieving for any loved one sometimes our tears are tears of grief and other times we experience tears of gratefulness for the compassion of others. Although I am primarily talking about books at the moment, I would be remiss not to point out that the library also has movies such as Heaven Is For Real and a grief group sponsored by Woodlawn Hospital that meets in our meeting rooms.
I believe that one of the greatest gifts we’ve been given is the ability to communicate and share ideas with other human beings. We can comfort and encourage while presenting new possibilities. The fact that we can see and share different perspectives about anything and everything enriches our lives, challenges us to grow, and ultimately helps us to impact our world.