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Neuroendocrinology Letters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology & Chronobiology

Neuroendocrinology Letters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology & Chronobiology.
ISSN 0172–780X Copyright © 2000 Neuroendocrinology Letters

NEL VOL. 21 No. 3
From the Art Director's Desk

2000; 21:171

The artists of this issue are Pieter Brueghel L’Ancien (1525–1569) and his masterpiece “Paysage avec la Chute d’Icare” and Wystan Hugh Auden (1907–1973) with his poem “Musée des Beaux Arts.”

The issue of both is suffering and indifference. Indifference means also unconcern, coldness, insensibility, nonchalance, inattention and carelessness among many others; but the final result of indifference is alienation, deterioration, destruction and death. As a consequence is also a lack of love and morality, a lack of civil courage and compassion, and the source of wars and mass disasters by giving “free way” to the psychopathic elements, creating wars and genocides throughout history until the present days.

No true and sincere scientist and artist can be indifferent. Indifference is opposite to life, to wholeness and to any creative process. It is static, opposite to dynamic. It represents disease opposite to health, death opposite to life. Quoting Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh “health is the dynamic movement along the creative path toward self-realization” [1]. The opposite of self-realization is denial—a lack of basic instincts important for a decent life and homeostasis.

One of the very basic needs of a human being is the need for taking care of someone and the need of being taken care of. The being for whom we care for becomes the most important being in our life and has also become a part of our lives. It is irrelevant whether the one we care for is an adult, a child, a prenatal child, a dog, a cat or a small bird; in other words all living things. This being cared for and being taken care of is one of the prerequisites of our survival and provides the homeostasis and equilibrium between us and our environment. When we are being taken care of we can be healed and cured and when taking care of someone we can heal and cure as well [2].

It is never enough to remind one of the existence of and the threat to all of indifference. Brueghel painted his work in the 16th century, Auden wrote his poem in the past century and as André Gide said “Everything has been said already, but as no-one listens, we must begin again.”

Lili Maas
Art & Advertising Director


1. Fedor-Freybergh PG. Hormone Therapy in Psychiatry. In: Itil TM, Laudahn G, Herrman WM, editors. Psychotropic Action of Hormones. New York: Spectrum Publ Inc; 1976. p. 1–51.
2. Fedor-Freybergh PG. Editorial: Editing a Journal (Part II). Int J Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine 1993; 5:259–263.