by Antonio Dias
There is a pressure on every interaction we have. A push. Sometimes an impatience to get to a result. Sometimes a leeriness that we are being manipulated. Sometimes a form of disappointment in advance, an expectation that things will not go well.
Taken together we might call the result anxiety. Meta-worry another cause to add another layer, we worry about being anxious….
We resist exposure to what we don’t want to see, to hear.
“There’s enough violence!” We might cry. Why expose ourselves to more?
Is it exposure to violence – in the sense of being in the presence of violence, taking part, being victim or victimizer, complicity? Or is it an awareness of our immersion in violence – violence that is at once ubiquitous and also quite specific in origin and intent? Which of these are we resisting, violence or an awareness that shines a light on our complicity that we fear?