SPIRITUAL DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL WORK
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Acknowledging Life and Death
perspectives question the meaning, purpose, and origins of life and death.
Depending upon how perspectives respond, each offers ways that people can
relieve suffering, deal with death, and optimize the significance of life. In a
sense, all spiritual perspectives are like any healing/helping system: they
offer a diagnosis of the human condition, explanations for how we came
to be this way, prognoses based on different ways people live,
and prescriptions for what best to do. The photos in this
section of the gallery present images to help us reflect on these
existential questions. They also set a context for the other sections
of the Gallery that present some of the ways that various religious
traditions form their worldviews, moral frameworks, and practices
as spiritual healing/helping systems.
The photos include juxtapositions of contrasting qualities of human existence: from Buchenwald concentration camp to the face of a happy baby reflecting on the world; in Croatia, from the simple beauty of a marketplace to a bombed out building; and artwork in themes that range from a sculpture representing hypocrites who persecute labor to a painting that exudes the joy of living.