A View From Mexico

   Maria Teresa Lemus de Vanek

                                               Licensed Psychologist and Logotherapist

I love my country, consider myself a true Franklian and was therefore honored to have been asked to share something about Mexico and how Dr. Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy is of influence.  Mexico is a large and great country, covering an area of around two million square kilometers with approximately ten thousand kilometers of beautiful shores. Acapulco and Cancun are famous tourist spots but there are a lot of lesser known halcyon spots.

Considered the 4th mega diverse country, its biodiversity includes a large variety of flora and fauna with over twelve thousand of them only grown in Mexico. It is a multi-cultural country with thirty-seven thousand archaeological sites and sixty-five native languages with Spanish being the official language. Our country is also the most populated Spanish speaking country with over 100 million inhabitants.

When you visit Mexico, you are visiting one of the 10 most visited countries in the world. Our people are cheerful and friendly and tourists come from all over looking for color, sun, music, fiesta and joy! Simply walking through our local markets is a feast of color and folklore featuring a variety of fruits and vegetables, hundreds of spicy peppers and locals in embroidered, colorful costumes…Mexican cuisine was recognized last year by the UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We have a great variety of delicious dishes.

Mexico is not an easy country to rule. Our population consists of approximately 20% young people under the age of 21, all looking for the equally important opportunities of education and jobs. There are high level schools and universities yet we have over five million people who cannot read or write. We have great socio-cultural contrasts: the richest men on earth and poverty as seen in the poorest of countries.

These days, there is a looming, serious crisis: drug trafficking; violence and corruption are but a few of its symptoms…Mexico has transitioned from being a drug transit country to a drug consuming country causing insecurity and hopelessness to linger in the air. Many groups are putting forth their best efforts to deal with this challenge but it is not easy. Our most important unit – family- is the place where our people are struggling to foster unity and health.

Dr. Frankl’s Logotherapy –healing through meaning-has a lot to offer our Society! Since his first visit in 1978 at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico has welcomed his concepts and teachings with enthusiasm and hope. Dr. Frankl invited our Youth to build a meaningful way of life and all countries to cement a social commitment in favor of justice and peace.

We were all encouraged to ponder meaning over fear and violence, consciousness over drugs and self – destruction, responsibility over abuse and laxness and above all to favor a vital attitude to work in favor of life and growth for all.  Viktor & I, An Alexander Vesely Film is already refreshing our will for meaning in all countries. The world is in need of it!

Maria Teresa Lemus de Vanek
Licensed Psychologist and Logotherapist
Founder of www.logoforo.com
The Spanish speaking site of Logotherapy

11 comments (Add your own)

1. English Sisters wrote:
Hello Maria Teresa,
thanks for sharing with us a view from Mexico
a lovely account
that has enriched us :-)
Bye bye
The English Sisters

Thu, March 17, 2011 @ 11:09 PM

2. Diana Lemus wrote:
Tu vida es testimonio de la auténtica vida de sentido, tus logros,el amor con el que te entregas a todo lo que haces, a tus hijos, tu marido, tus pacientes, tus alumnos y a todos los que te amamos y admiramos.
La huella que vas dejando en tantos corazones que pasan por tus manos, hablan de coherencia en lo que predicas con tanta vehemencia y amor, la logoterapia del tan admirable Viktor Frankl.
Qué honor que hayas sido la elegida para hablar del país, al que sé que tanto amas! El país de una gran mujer Mexicana, mujeres como tú son indispensables en nuestro mundo.

Fri, March 18, 2011 @ 7:35 PM

Mi querida Tere, un logro más en tu exitosa vida. Te admiro como mujer, esposa, madre y gran pionera en nuestro hermoso país México. Te adoro. No me perderé esta película!

Sat, March 19, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

4. Jan van der Reis wrote:
i have never, ever, heard a more beautiful description of this great country called Mexico.

Thank you so much!

Sat, March 19, 2011 @ 8:32 PM

5. Tere Lemus wrote:
Thank you so very much Jan, Mariana, Diana and English sisters!! Yes, I love my country and my planet! I think it is worthwhile to keep searching for alternatives until the last minute! Do not give up!!!

Sun, March 20, 2011 @ 7:47 PM

6. Jorge Duarte wrote:
Muchas Felicidades, excelente descripción de lo que es nuestro país, yo no lo cambiaría por nada, unicamente hay que unirnos mas y respetarnos mucho más.
Jorge Duarte

Tue, March 22, 2011 @ 4:50 PM

7. Rosa María Cisneros Velázquez wrote:
Tere, me da mucho gusto que seas la elegida para mostrar al mundo nuestro México querido, pues se que lo harás desde esa sensibilidad, inteligencia
y gran amor que te caracterizan. Felicidades!!.

Rosa María Cisneros.

Sat, March 26, 2011 @ 9:44 PM

8. Rosa María Cisneros Velázquez wrote:
Tere, me da mucho gusto que seas la elegida para mostrar al mundo nuestro México querido, pues se que lo harás desde esa sensibilidad, inteligencia
y gran amor que te caracterizan. Felicidades!!.

Rosa María Cisneros.

Sat, March 26, 2011 @ 9:46 PM

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