Thursday, 19 March 2009

Thugs vs Warriors

Thugs and Warriors

Warriors prevent violence, firstly by their firm presence, secondly by their focused applied might… should the genuine need arise.

Thugs act as a threat, and carry out violence as a form of ‘insurance’ for their employers and because they enjoy the power. Some like the blood.

Do our soldiers stand AROUND communities to protect them, or do they STAND AWAY, threatening violence subject to conformity with their leaders wishes?

I assume that a large percentage believe themselves to be warriors. How could it be otherwise? I know that those who send soldiers into war, especially the political leaders, understand that 'their' troops are employed as thugs. One has only to look at the results of such leadership and the ‘reasonings’ that they proffer for knowingly sending troops into harms way. And worse, those leaders know full well that it will be civilians, women and children who will bear the brunt of any fighting.


While so many people get worked up about 'climate change' and GET VAST MAINSTREAM MEDIA ATTENTION : (The Age Of Stupid, An Inconvenient Truth) and concurrenlty the war crimes being committed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo et al are pretty much unexplored by that mainstream media, are 'reported' without any real depth or analysis, I am left wondering WHY?

Who benefits from this?

How can anyone honestly expect success in the realm of 'climate change' without also addressing directly the huge investment in War that is at the core of our societies?

The fact is that we cannot change the weather, we must live with it - and that is an adaptive process. We know that climate variations are the norm for Earth - and we know that the processes we are engaged in do not, as nature does, return nutrients to the system, so that they are then ready for use by other life forms, the ones we co-habit with, the ones we are dependent upon for everything from oxygen to clean water, once we have utilised the 'strategic raw materials' and that this is the biggest single identifiable causative factor in environmental degradation. The robbery of materials from those that need them.

This and War are not being addressed by the mainstream. The solutions proposed tend towards regulation and the monetising of pollution, so that the rich can afford to pollute, the poor pay with their lives. And The War Against Terror is also seen by those in power as a ‘solution’? And large numbers of intelligent media types buy this?

The 'stupidity' is deep indeed!

It’s roots are to be found in suppressed trauma.

Suppressed trauma.

Unless one has been through the process of working ones issues when one has been harmed or abused or humiliated as a child, it's very difficult to understand why so many people seem to appear to not take responsibility for themselves ..... to explore one's pain, and identify it's source takes courage and requires great honesty and energy. With all the pressures of living in a dysfunctional society that normalises dysfunction, it is hardly surprising that few take that hard road.

One must not be too harsh on people ... and at the same time we must seek to awaken the awareness of the effects of suppressed trauma ... though that is not to say to treat lightly those who abuse, especially when the abuse is obviously causing distress....and is visible, even if ignored or justified, by the abuser.

Those who as children experience abuse tend to suppress the memories (sometimes) and feelings (nearly always) associated with that abuse in order to survive psychically ...they most often have no-one to turn to after the events....supression is a survival tactic.... thus the pain, fear and anger remain within, buried deep within. Science now supports the concept that memories are stored not just in the brain, they are stored all over our bodies and that those stored and suppressed negative memories have severe consequences for those whose bodies hold such secrets.

There are so many societal sanctions against those who open up these wounds and who seek honest resolution, (which is less about punishment than it is about healing and remorse) not to mention the dynamics within families that 'cover up' and carry on...... a facade that is endemic in our society - the mainstream media being a concrete example of this being institutionalised and normalised.... state scerets indeed!

And to open up old wounds is often terrifying for the wounded, for there's a strong sense that the opening will cause serious trouble, break families apart etc etc.... so much resistance to the most painful truths of our lives.

This is 'struggling with your demons'.....

Thus most people have to suppress the feelings associated with trauma and just get on with it..... for who will listen to their stories, who will hold them while they cry, who will hear their anger and be there for them as they work through what they must if they are to live full, open and joyous lives, not to mention bringing about fundamental changes to our society in favour of healthy living for all life.

These wounds exist, the pain exists, they do not vanish, and these hidden wounds and pains are often triggered by current non-threatening yet irritable events in peoples live eliciting often extreme over-reactions and adverse control behaviours that cause further problems for all concerned.

Suppressed Trauma as a Policy Tool.

And worst of all, Governments and Religious Hierarchies understand this and use it in a quite calculated way to divide people, to create ’demons’ for people to dump their anger onto, to hire armies and deploy them and to distract people from the abusive nature of our society. .... eg : the near constant hysteria about paedophiles in the media, whilst almost complete silence about the deaths of over 340,000 children in Iraq ... and of course elsewhere... can you now see who benefits? Do not the weapons manufacturers, the jet makers and all the suppliers of war benefit? Do not the elite wealthy families and communities benefit? In their understanding they do indeed benefit.

While I of course undertsand peoples justifiable anger, I find it horrifying to hear people say 'paedo’s should hung, castrated etc etc' and at the same time those people will happily ignore The War in raq, where over 360,000 children have been murdered, and many more maimed for life (not to mention the 500,000 childrens lives lost during the 1990s as a result of the embargo and bombing campaign carried out by UK and US Air Forces, lives which Madelaine Allbright claimed were worth the price'..) - those people must be deeply conditioned to NOT REALLY THINK, to not really feel, to take emotional blindness as normal and that is very dangerous for us all, for our society. The unthinking cruelty of such statements is standard fare in the Mainstream Media.

The cruelty of those who cannot or will not think, who were the descendants of traumatised people themselves, was all too apparent in Rwanda, Germany in the 1930s and 40s, and indeed is blatantly obvious and can be read every day in 'newspapers' such as The Sun (UK) and others like it, and somewhat more modulated in the more 'intelligent' (?) press, yet present nonetheless.

Until we face the trauma, and release the pain, as individuals and as a collective, our society will create more and more thugs to thwart and crush the few remaining warriors amongst us. Those who ignore their inner pain are often those who cause the most pain.

That history repeats itself is a well worn and threadbare trusim, one that slips off the tongue far too easily, and mostly, unexamined. That is a serious flaw that must be addressed by all those who seek to help.

Kindest regards


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Leo Murray said...

Climate change is horribly relevant to war Cornelius. I think you need to get better educated on this relationship, to which end I would recommend this:

Crisis Forum: Climate Change and Violence workshop series, 2008 – 2010

An Invitation to: Workshop 2: Human Consequences: Global and Local Dynamics

Friday 3rd April 2009, University of Bath

OR just watch this:

corneilius said...

Leo, I beleive that I have made it clear that war has to be addressed and included in the current discussions on climate change, or rather 'culture change' which is the real question - there is no doubt that the climate does change, and that past variations are well within the ranges being claimed as likely in the future - the facts are that even without climate change, our culture has to alter it's course, just to meet basic human rights, basic eco-effective sustainability requirements.

What we do to our environment is war, war against nature, against animals and plants. It is innately violent. The processes we use that rob the environment of nutrients, and leave toxins to replace them are deeply, deeply psychopathalogical to life.

And it is the suppression of the healthy responses of children who have been violated that is the subject of this piece I have written. That is the common basis for adverse adult behaviour. That is not to excuse those who behave in this way - it is to seek to understand how to avoid repeating history. A task we have thus far utterly failed in.

The Crisis Forum states " to chart the likely contours of violence at all local, national, regional, and international levels, in a global political economy which remains at this moment still wedded to ‘business as usual’ "

This discussion must start with an anlysis of the violence inherent in our 'civilisation', which I been writing on for some time.

The two are deeply interconnected - civilised idustrialised war and the current ecological crises are of a kind.

I am planning to attend one of the workshops. Haven't decided which one yet.

I am happy that at last violence is being brought into the discussion - however I sense that for most the 'avoidance' of 'likely violence' is personal fear based thing as opposed to a willingness to face the facts - Industrialised Society is inherently violent, and always has been and any deep discussion of it is off limits, certainly within Governance, Mainstream Media, Finance and Corporate Management.

We must change that. Now.

corneilius said...

What I am attempting to do here is shed some light on the roots of violence, following on from the work of Alice Miller, Carl Rogers, John Holt and others who have looked at the role of conditioning in the most serious crises of history.

Most analyses of these crises omit the power of conditioning, ignore the drivers of conditioning and tend towards technological and abstract moral discussions, which while informative and indeed rivetting, are bound to fail unless the roots of the matter are dealt with.

J.T's Tale said...

Thanks for the enlightenment.

corneilius said...

I have come across a work that explores the relaitonship between famine, climatic variations and Empire, which shows clearly that famine is linked to monocropping instigated by Empire for profit and that most of the deaths attributed to famine have always been avoidable.

The work is Mike Davis' "Late Victorian Holocausts'.

He shows that there is a clear link between the needs of Empire and the occurrence of Famine in occupied and colonised countries, and shows how Empire used climatic variations, such as El Nino, which are cyclical in nature and occurrence as scapegoats for the massive death tolls.

And this links to Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' which is again scapegoating weather and weather changing activity, rather that acknowledging the known damage monocropping for profit creates.

It has always been my contention that deforestation and monocropping have been the major drivers of natural disasters such as 'famines'.

I note that Gore and the rest of the climate change lobby ignore these very real issues. And I see that as an act of war. Famine is war, and is always in the context of war, be it economic, psychological or physical brutality.