I am listening to a speech by Chris Hedges and I am wondering what it is in our culture that causes us to disempower ourselves in the face of the dis-ease we can all see is present in our society?
I can only look at it through my eyes My world has transformed from one of the fruits of the culture being at my feet to one where I look at the hummingbird every morning and ask what got me where I am today.
I saw a film some time ago that showed what a gazelle went through who was fortunate enough to escape the cheetahs pursuit. The gazelle’s body would involuntarily twitch for hours on end. But at the end of this process, it would just get up and walk away. The film stated that was how the gazelle would be able to continue a peaceful life of eating grass until the next time the pursuit from the cheetah took place.
As I wrote yesterday, I see the trauma carried by the hummingbird, my friend’s spouse and myself as being connected. One might argue that I cant prove how there is a connection between all three but I argue that we need to look at the way the world is as being connected and that the effects of the cultural trauma is so prevalent that we cant even see that it is there.
I saw today where a singer from Destiny’s Child is seeking help for Depression. I am glad she is but is she an exception or the rule? Why would a successful, wealthy, need to address depression?
Maybe it is because we are all dealing with the effects of this cultural trauma. It is possible that the level of our ability to process the effects of our trauma is different for each of us but that does not negate the fact that the effects of the trauma are carried by everyone in this culture.
I have experience in seeking relief from this trauma in drugs and alcohol. I am seeing how I, as well as many, many others, seek or sought relief in those things that the masses seek it through. Television, music, the internet, the cell phone. are and have all been ways for me to seek relief from the inner conflict that I carry and which I have carried for my lifetime. I guess what I am struggling with here is why did I at this age, get to deal with the trauma that I worked my whole life to suppress and make go away. But the unconscious struggle never went away and no matter how much “work” I did, through whatever kind of “therapy,” I sought out, I am left with this trauma and I damn sure know I am not alone.
What I am asking myself, and seeking your input as well, is what is going to happen to the culture that carries this trauma and what will happen because of it if and when it cant work through it?
Happy Birthday RW.
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