Friday, 1 August 2014

Gaza, and the truth about the world-wide culture of Power.

Empathy is a strength. It requires a unique human strength  to maintain empathy. It's also an expression of optimal human health.

It is true that in this Society, if one is not fairly robust, one is open to being abused, manipulated and bullied.

That has more to do with the kind of Society we live in, the kind of society we were born into than it has to do with human nature, other than the natural outcomes of chronic stress lead to adverse behaviour patterns.

Our society is predicated on Power, and Power maintains itself by stressing each lower ranking, altering peoples endocrine, autonomous, emotional, neurological and psychological systems over time (chronic) leading to 'adjustments' to fit in, to survive.

It's a trauma survival technique, very well understood.

And as to strength, moral strength, that comes in the first instance from a sense of self empathy, coupled with empathy for others, and is reflected in a sense of autonomy and responsive connection,  in a holistic expression, with one's community, family, land and language. Solidarity. Clean food. Loving, vibrant extended families. Libertarian Education. Trusting children and giving them space.

 "Our children do not need us to shape them; they need us to respond to who they are." Naomi Aldort

Question :

"What about the actions of Israeli Politicians who are now famous, who once engaged in 'terrorism' and are known to have murdered 'enemies' in overt and covert combat?"

or

"Is the cost, 500,000 children have died, of the embargo and no fly zone over Iraq, worth it?!"  to Madelaine Albright,who replies "Yes, I think the cost, the cost is worth it." and proceeds to rationalise that sentence. A professional denial. All our leading Politcians are trained in the art. They all, the front men, receive this training as a critical component of their work. Staying on message. Keep it Professional.

The Israeli State's answer is typical of an abusers rationalisation of the abuse within an abuse family dynamic. In fact this probably applies to the majority, if not all, of those who take to violence in pursuit of ideological or political power objectives - so include the UK, USA, China, Russia, France, etc etc etc in this world wide culture.

Here's the News!

Here's the Prime Minister....!

The Foreign Minister.....!

Here are the techniques :

Explain it away with false arguments. Outright Denial. Switching the goal posts.

Avoiding answering direct questions, by redefining the context, asking another question.

Manipulate peoples conditioning with populisms.

Blame the victimised. They made me do it!

False claims to a moral higher ground based on ideology, ignoring the actual behaviour and outcomes. Religion. Democracy.

Dehumanising dissenters.

Attacking whistleblowers.

Creating favourites who support the abuser because they get 'benefits'.

The similarity between the abuse family dynamic (which is well known, understood and defined) and the Abusive Hierarchical Power we call 'politics' is obvious.

In Israel, all children are coerced to enlist for a minimum of 3 years, plus being rewarded for being reservists. They are chastised for dissent. Refusal to participate in the violence of the State practically ruins each Israeli child's future life in Israel.

The Israeli State teaches that military service is a good thing, refusal is treason. The British state celebrates the 'sacrifice' of 'our brave boys', mourns the loss of 'blood and treasure'.

The Abuse family dynamic. Coercion to conform.

The two dynamics feed into each other.

Yet, in spite of this, the fundamental human spirit is the norm between people at the grass roots When we are not under chronic stressors, in a situation of relative powerlessness, we get along, across cultural and religious differences because, at the end of the day, we are families like each other. Babies, infants, nappies, disrupted sleep patterns, dirty dishes, birthday celebrations, marriages and funerals..

The Israeli childhood, leading inevitably to combat 'duty' disrupts this perception - it has to. The 'enemy' must be identified and made into a bogey man.

The Gaza childhood, leading to mere survival in a war zone at best. No jobs. No University. No prospects.

And yet people in both communities, a majority in all Societies many, many people emerge from this with their basic kindness and empathy intact, qualities that are crucial elements of optimal human health.

Essential for Gross National Happiness.

And it must be recognised that we at the grass roots of Society have relatively little power when it comes to confronting Political  Power that is enforced by arms, and that some people mistake this for weakness, and worse, they side with the abusers, when they they blame these people by claiming their inaction is equivalent to complicity with what the State does. This is more bullying, and does little to foster freedom or liberty.

The reason  the abuser objectifies (dehumanises) the people he or she targets, is because that isolates the abuser from any connection, empathy, concern or constraint when faced with another person. One can do anything to an object. It has no value other than it's use.

Palestinian lives have no intrinsic value to the Institution of the Israeli Military.  Iraqi lives had no  intrinsic value to the Institution of the Invading Military or the Occupation Government, other than as objects to be controlled.

Israeli lives have no intrinsic value to the Israeli State Apparatus, other than as objects that pose a problem - there is a massive bureaucracy the State funds and maintains in it's civil oppression of Palestinians, and others, and that's probably a good earner for Israeli officials.  Many mortgages depend on that work.

That kind of side effect is rarely mentioned in 'the news'. State or Public or Civil Service Employment programs enrolls many, many people...

An object can be bought and sold. It can be 'secured'. An object can be discarded. The State objectifies it's own officials. Kissinger's 'dumb animals', the front line police and troops who are often traumatized, and discarded.

And for the front men (Politicians, pundits, etc) a carefully crafted persona, an act, a script, a mask... a toxic mime of character, a toxic mime of intimacy (it LOOKS like......) is a professional requirement. Mark Negev.

This is a world wide culture and Gaza is revealing in realtime TV and News, on Social Media, the real human cost at the darker edge of the spectrum. It's right outside your door, it's seeping in through the official media and a score of nut-jobs. It's in your children's schools!

To turn away now, or to maintain the illusion of 'sides' and 'justifications' is to betray oneself, to betray one's family, one's children, one's ancestors, the future.

We must look, we must be honest, vulnerable and we must understand what we are faced with and we MUST act on that.

I trust this more than anything else, that the natural biological drive towards optimal human health cannot be extinguished. Once that is stimulated, once that plant receives enough light, space, nutrient, IT WILL GROW. And if the situation is conducive, it WILL THRIVE.

I feel a little uncomfortable to be articulating these hopes at a time when others are enduring horrors in real time, whilst we witness from a distance, powerless to STOP IT NOW, which our hearts cry out, all day, every minute....

It's the very least we expect 

Grass roots people to Power :

"JUST STOP IT!

Hit the reset button. Choose it. It is that easy! One order. Job done.

STOP IT! IT SOOO WRONG IT'S EVIL!"

No more words, just action leading to the required inaction. STOP IT NOW!

I hold this dread, this fear and disgust and and I the hope, the trust  in my heart. Together.

The beautiful people living in Gaza, in Israel, Ukraine, Congo who are there by accident of birth and are being so brutalised by passing Power struggles they have no part in ..... all those lives, birthdays, births, marriages, joys, sadnesses, laughter, warmth.... I hold you in my heart, I stand with YOU.

The damaged, the hurt and the abusers - you are my family too, and my response ability is to stop the abuse, by stopping the abusers, STOP!, it is also to help nurture back to health the hurt, the damaged and to see, if we truly understand the roots of it, how such behaviour can be prevented or reduced across our entire Society. 

Those without remorse, who are a constant danger, must be isolated, made safe, humanely but without question. This is an essential. A necessity. This I must participate in as well as all the rest. We all must.

There will be practical material elements, and psycho-cultural elements to the prevention.

In the long term, this is where we are headed. We have to.

And it hurts, to acknowledge this. There is no freedom from this wound. No anesthetic. I must bear that pain, and do the work. To get there. To make it inevitable.




Kindest regards

Corneilius

Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe

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