Emancipation of Human Thought by Dr. Hamid Sarfraz (h.c.)
We enter HAPPEINESS, a mental health facility, driven by the “Emancipation of Human Thought” (the theory proposed by Dr. Hamid, the author, in this book) where patients suffering from different mental health conditions are treated in a unique way. Along with seeing traditional therapists, they have the opportunity to have sessions with some of the greatest philosophers in history.
The patients are placed in a serene and peaceful environment, surrounded by nature and tranquility. They are given the opportunity to speak with the philosophers one-on-one, in a setting that is designed to encourage reflection and introspection.
The philosophers, Sartre, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Zeno of Citium, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Ibn-e-Qayyum, Ibn-e-Arabi, Al-Farabi, Ibn-e-Sina, Mulla Sadra, Muhammad Iqbal, Rumi and others, all have their own specialties and areas of expertise when it comes to mental health.
Sartre, for example, specializes in existentialism and helps patients understand the meaning of their existence. Nietzsche focuses on the concept of the "superman" and encourages patients to embrace their individuality and strive for greatness. Dostoyevsky, known for his profound understanding of the human psyche, helps patients to come to terms with their innermost thoughts and emotional struggles.
The patients are encouraged to engage in deep conversations with the philosophers, exploring their beliefs, values, and perspectives on life. The philosophers use their wisdom and knowledge to guide patients towards a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.
The treatment is holistic in nature, and the patients are encouraged to explore not just their mental health but also their physical and spiritual well-being.
The patients who undergo this treatment not only find relief from their mental health issues but also gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Once their therapy is complete, they leave the treatment center feeling enlightened, empowered, and ready to take on the world.
It is now that meet Kashaf, a young woman who has struggled with various mental health issues for most of her life, and has a really deep, dark Secret. She is referred to this unique mental health treatment center where patients converse with these great minds in history.
Kashaf continues to meet with different philosophers, each one helping her to gain a deeper understanding of herself and how to manage herself and the world around her. With the guidance of Zeno of Citium, she learns about Stoicism and develops a sense of inner peace.
Aristotle and Plato help her to understand the nature of reality and the importance of living a virtuous life. Socrates encourages her to question everything, and she starts to see the world in a new light.
Kashaf also meets with philosopher-saints such as Ibn-e-Qayyum, Ibn-e-Arabi, Al-Farabi, Ibn-e-Sina, Mulla Sadra, Muhammad Iqbal, Rumi and more, who help her to connect to her spiritual side, and she starts to find comfort and fulfillment in her faith.
Thus, in this way, she enjoys a great overlap of Eastern and Western Philosophers and realizes that there are many commonalities in their teachings and guidance. If only, the rest of the world would realize this, she thinks to herself, we would live in such perfect harmony and ever lasting peace. It would be like Paradise on Earth.
Throughout her journey, Kashaf learns that true happiness comes from understanding oneself and one's place in the world. She leaves the treatment center feeling enlightened, and ready to face whatever may come her way.
She continues to apply the lessons she learned from the philosophers in her daily life, and she finds true happiness and fulfillment in her relationships, work, and spirituality.