The parallels between abusive families and the culture of civilization illuminate why protest has become futile. Futility is not to say that something is difficult, verging on the impossible. Futility arises when an action makes the condition it is meant to ameliorate worse. When unintended consequences pile on, blocking any possible benefit from making a… Continue reading Normalization
Déjà Vu is a common experience for those stuck in abusive situations. We find that the current crisis looks much like the last. No amount of feigned surprise, or pronounced insistence from the abusers that, "This time is different!" can shake the feeling we've been here before. And, most likely, we'll be here again. If we… Continue reading Being Stuck
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglas Looking at a history of Europe and its entry into Modernity in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries one factor stands out. The legacy that lead to Modernism was filled with internalized violence and the passing down of abusive behavior and the… Continue reading What Realism…?
The title of this post is a nod at an earlier post, Mastery, not Control, in which I laid out a case for distinguishing between these two terms and showing the consequences related to each. In the end, that post did rely on distinguishing self-mastery from the will-to-control. This is still the case here, but… Continue reading Self Mastery, not Self Control
The first part of this essay dealt with setting the stage, in a way, finding our home position. Let's take that groundwork and begin to look at what's hinted at in the second half of the title, Confronting Abuse. In our stressed, fight or flight states we jump right past the significant aspect of confrontation… Continue reading Fighting Injustice/Confronting Abuse, part II
I was recently reminded of the "value of anger." "How else can we motivate ourselves to fight injustice?" How can anyone be against such a notion! And then to go on and actually question not just the role of anger, but fighting injustice itself? Inconceivable! Yet, that's exactly where I find myself. I've written on… Continue reading Fighting Injustice/Confronting Abuse, part I
Effectiveness is coupled with having a workable set of controls. We can even be effective if we are saddled with cross-wired controls – so long as we compensate for them and learn how they actually work.