Luís Domingo López spends most of his time working for the association Horizonte, the Proyecto Hombre in Marbella. Horizonte was created 30 years ago to help people with drug problems. The association has been supporting these people in need for decades. The process of detoxification is pretty complex, because in order for this process to be effective, there is the need of achieving a full introspection that allows the drug-dependent person to discover, accept and forgive him or herself, and thereby be able to start loving him or herself, and accepting and loving others.
It is extremely important that the environment in which the detoxification takes place is harmonious and comfortable, and this rehabilitation process benefits considerably from physical exercise, sports and outdoor activities, because this helps rebalancing the physical and mental mechanisms of the person, and eases the socialization process.
Luís worked throughout his whole professional life without feeling that his work benefited society or disadvantaged people. He first started as a volunteer in the association Horizonte, and soon realized that his background in economy and his professional experience in business and administration could be very useful to a small association like this. Horizonte has been working very hard and helping vulnerable people for the last 30 years. Luis recognized that an extremely complex and constantly changing situation such as that of drug problems required of professional management. A well-managed association would be able to support the most important task of all, setting up an effective educational programme.
Curiously, Luís and all the volunteers that work for the association Horizonte feel that the biggest satisfaction comes from knowing where their efforts go. They know the people that receive their support and are aware that these people need their help desperately. Horizonte supports young people and adults that are in extremely difficult situations and who have lost the drive of their lives. The association also provides support to the relatives of people undergoing detoxification programmes. Another very important project is the educative programme on drug prevention delivered to children 4 -14 year old in the neighbourhoods of La Patera and El Angel, which aims to help children discovering the benefits of a life without drugs.
Curiously, we live in a city of contrasts. On one side there are the users of Proyecto Hombre, on the other side there is a city that glorifies unmeasured luxury where people are judged according to their bank accounts instead of to the greatness of their hearts. Maybe all ex-drug-dependents could be considered victims of that system that seeks an unreal happiness.
Lots of us have experienced the fever of unconscious and alienating consume. Some of us have been lucky enough to discover an alternative to consume culture, which is much more rewarding: to live with what is necessary and to invest the rest in those that need it most. It is possible to share not only material things, but also immaterial goods which are in high demanded in our contemporary society. How many people in our privileged Costa del Sol could devote their spare immaterial goods (talent, education, free time, skills, care, etc.) to people in need? What the suffering person needs most is a hand on the shoulder, someone that listens, a word of affection and comprehension, a smile, or simply company. We make so much “noise” with our egocentric talks that we do not realise that other people need someone that listens to them. The unmeasured consume only leads to a permanent state of dissatisfaction. We corroborate that constantly, but are unable to step of the consuming wave that is spoiling the planet.
Shopping centres are the icon of our times, not only in Spain, but all around the world. In Mediterranean regions the weather invites people to spend time chatting and wandering in the streets, but instead people spend their time in palaces made of concrete and artificial light that are open 24 hours. Consume culture is disturbing this healthy Mediterranean life-style and converting it into a hollow and insatiable consume culture. The say says that only crazy people do the same thing thousand times expecting different outcome. These days, millions of people sleep-walk blind and deaf across shopping centres hoping to find the happiness that is outdoors in the streets, the countryside, in their houses, in the proximity to their relatives: listening to their yearnings, sharing illusions, without more noise than that of the breath, the words exchanged with love and respect, the sounds of Nature.
We all pursue happiness, but we are wrong if we think that happiness is a synonym for consume. The behavioural patterns of today’s society aren’t based on solidarity, helping the neighbour and enjoying the act of giving. From early stages in life, children are introduced to selfish and competitive behavioural practices, and the result is an unhappy society that tries to fill up the vacuum by searching for happiness in consume culture.
Liturgies and rites aside, religions worldwide place high value on helping others. Those of us who are agnostics are aware that the desideratum of classical philosophy and universal moral and ethical principles is to help and care for others. Call it compassion, charity or solidarity, that is what gives meaning to live. There is no happiness without giving.
The education provided at home, school, in society and communication media has to be consitent. Education at home involves time spend with children, unconditional love, delimitation of boundaries, and more importantly, to lead by example. Children learn and perceive non-verbal language (actions, gestures and attitudes) much faster than words and speech. The master and philosopher Jose Antonio Marina iteratively says that in order to educate you need the whole tribe, and Luís Domingo López shares this believe. Luís acknowledges that education has become a very difficult task in a hedonist society such as ours, in which priorities and values are so mixed up. How to counter-fight the current situation in which “botox” aesthetics and interpersonal plastic relationships are highly valued?
We invite the citizens of Marbella to collaborate with Proyecto Hombre, and to learn how disinterested care for others can provide great happiness.
You can contact them on 952 85 86 52
Proyecto Hombre organises a series of Rastrillos (market-bazaars) that take place in Parque de la Alameda (Marbella centre) the first Sunday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October y December).
There is also a Christmas Bazaar from 1st November until 22nd December installed in the Plaza de José Palomo, in Marbella city centre.
There is a Charity Shop with cloths and other items opened all year in the corner of C/ San Antonio with C/ Galveston (opening hours: 11am – 1.30pm & 5.30 – 8.30pm)
The Association Horizonte depends on donations. To help fundraising their activities you can donate to the following bank account 0065 0046 41 0001064022