long term effects of emotional abuse:

  • a distrust in your perceptions
  • a tendency to be fearful or on guard
  • self-consciousness or fear of how you are coming across
  • an inability to be spontaneous
  • a distrust of people and in future relationships
  • anger that bursts out unexpectedly
  • sensitivity to anyone trying to control you

This list appeared in my Tumblr feed. The link to its poster went no-where….

So thanks to the gods of the web.

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“Never Forget!” A recipe for psychosis

Today is an anniversary. A day we have been entreated for fourteen years now to never forget. An insistent cry that was already there, ready-made from previous assaults on American Exceptionalism. A vehemence that has had little to do with remembering the loss of life and everything to do with justifying aggression.

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It’s a Crime, part I

Money is the root of all evil.

Sure, we all know this platitude. Why doesn’t it ever sink in?

The debasement of language is part of it. What was once an insight is fossilized and words no longer convey meaning.

It’s also what happens when a statement is too broad. Its indicators too vague.

A while back I came upon a parallel declaration:

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This Means War!

Rufus T. Firefly scuttling center stage to make his pronouncement….

There’s always a hidden glee behind the crowd’s reaction. “Before, I had to hold it together. Now? I can let go. A free pass. No resort is too extreme. We’re at war.”

The next stage is the rush to, “Get in the fight!”

After all, “It’ll be over by Christmas.”

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Peeling away layers of Ego I found anger and disappointment blocking the way to compassion. There’s another block hiding beneath them, contempt.

We see it all around us. This is a society choking on contempt. Every faction and group is held together by the contempt in which it holds the rest.

The path to anger, to disappointment, to hatred passes through contempt it seems.

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