a poem for 1919 - 2019
"The grooming (gaslighting) of human vulnerability is one of most vile things any human being can do to another."
I try to 'remember' aware that I am placed within an historical context, a point between what has happened and what will happen, in the present, the place of happening, which is here and now.
I am aware I am here because so many organisms have lived, nurtured and died.
We are all here as a result of the evolution of living systems.
And in this time, Remembrance Sunday in particular, I turn towards every ancestor ever murdered in warfare, every family bombed out of their home, every child shot in the back in flight, the terror, the pain, the loss, the grief, the disgust, the shame, the guilt, the denial, the survival, the hatred and so much else that has distorted human lives down through the wounded generations across the Earths lived in spaces, everywhere, for all time, the remembered and the forgotten.
All of that vast lived experience of terror, pain, shock, disgust.
It's a lot of peoples lives totally fucked up beyond all recognition.
It's real. It is not abstract.
I am glad that I am only imagining, that for me this is a kind of mental and emotional thought feeling experiment.
I imagine that then multiplied million upon million fold, ordinary folk caught up in the wars of the powerful, as in WWI and WWII, the wars of colonial conquest, of indigenous annihilation.
The survivors PTSD interwoven with trying to make ends meet as a slave, an indentured worker, a beggar, a low wage worker-labourer, a shopkeeper, a cobbler, a doctor, whatever.
I think about how that trauma and poverty 'informed' or conditioned all those lives of the centuries of warfare, and in relation to my own immediate ancestors in Ireland during the 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s
Traumatised parents doing their best, yet passing on the woundedness, the loss, the behavioural dynamics on unresolved trauma.
I try to see through to the ripples of effect and affect. I try to see how all of that ripples through to today, how it afflicts the present, from 100 years ago and more, millennia of war fare.
15,000 years of Civilisation and Warfare.
And the thing is this - go back 30,000 years or 60,000 years and we see very, very little evidence of any Monumental Institutional Culture, now evidence of any Hierarchy of Violence Culture.
Kings, Palaces, Pyramids all unknown.
We know that outside the areas of 'civilisation' the vast majority of sustained cultures were egalitarian cultures built for conflict resolution, de-escalation of aggression, carrying on trade.
We know that nomadic, migratory, pastoral, horticultural, fisher-hunter-gatherers in the large part maintained healthy attachment bonding between mother and child - social cultures where nurture is highly valued, more valued than power.
It was another ripple in the culture of competing militarised industrialised states - the rights and wrongs of WWI are a gaslighting exercise. The issue is the culture of warfare as a political utility, which itself emerges from hierarchy of violence culture - God the wrathful, who loves you, The Murderous State that will punish you, the dominant all powerful parent.
Let me clarify.
The people who lived through the combat and destruction have a fraternal duty and a human need to remember, to bear witness to what happened, to grieve, to cry, to stand in stoic grace and to somehow integrate their experience, and be held, lovingly.
They also need full support to deal with their wounds, they deserve help in every possible way no questions asked. They rarely receive this because to acknowledge these wounds fully would be to expose the mythos of war as a sham.
And most of all they need the civilians to ensure that the politicians never, ever send future generations to go to war off shore.
I cannot dismiss the survivors of warfare on any side, their wounds are real, and they are victimised by those who urge warfare, by those who glorify warfare in order to condition others to habituate to warfare.
War is only possible if a culture permits child abuse.
It requires an organisational effort to prepare children for the eventuality of war.
Indoctrination is pretty central to the successful prosecution of warfare,and enforcement of conquest, and ought be understood as a grooming behaviour that has been institutionalised, weaponized and deployed, in effect if not always on concert.
All war is child abuse, child abuse is war.
The vast resources deflected away from nurturing happy healthy families, safe communities and thus functionally sound societies deprives every child of those societies, and is a form of indirect child abuse.
The training of youngsters to become combat troops, to become something that they can have no experience of; the deliberate, methodical organised killing of warfare, and it's disorganisation in the field.
They have to break the youngster and rebuild, re-condition and in effect brain wash that youngster as part of a group going through the same abusive training that it's their togetherness that matters, so they all push through, as a habit, as an emotional reaction.
This is typically done between age 16 and 22 whilst the frontal cortex of the brain is still developing, whilst the young persons brain is still vulnerable to adverse environmental influence.
."probably the most important fact about genetics and culture is the delayed maturation of the frontal cortex—the genetic programming for the young frontal cortex to be freer from genes than other brain regions, to be sculpted instead by environment, to sop up cultural norms.
To hark back to a theme from the first pages of this book, it doesn’t take a particularly fancy brain to learn how to motorically, say, throw a punch.
But it takes a fancy, environmentally malleable frontal cortex to learn culture-specific rules about when it’s okay to throw punches.”
To insert into the child's mind the existential fear of his or her own 'soul', or 'self' based on a fable through reward/sanction behaviour modification dynamics that internalise the external values into the child so that the child believes those values to be his or her own.
Terror, fear and Hope.
Look at it that way and then the behaviour can be addressed.
It's again the pattern of intruding into the child's psyche.
"We do not need to shape our children, rather we need to respond to who they are."
The fear the child will not choose the Religion or System on their own is great, and is a reflection of the insecurity of all dogma, all doctrine, all religious zeal and practice.
Same thing, different appearance.
Healthy people do not go to war.
They lost their lives is uttered rather than they were murdered for political power.
Yet each thing like that existed, and they continue to exist, and there is no balance, no resolution to that death. We cannot claw back the life that has been utterly destroyed.
Thus the historians and school masters utter numbers, statistics, miles gained or lost, and they speak of generals, and heroes, and the villages in between are invisible - the deaths are less than notable.
Just numbers. Just numb.
And so the war habituated people will quote such information in repetition, having 'learned' the official narrative, euphemism to mask the immensity of individual suffering, repeated in unspeakable intensity, by the millions, re-presented as historical sentiment via caricature that brings tears to the eyes, the emotions of national sacrifice so carefully tended.
That's a big ask to feel into that immense well of pain, grief, desperation, it's so much easier to take the heroic stance.
But we need to feel into that to really understand why in a fully embodied sense we must cease our states engaging in warfare.
*See and hear above!
Organised, Institutional invasive psychological grooming to exploit that child-adult for violent political activism - that's what soldiers are.
They are the tactical violent utility of the ruling class.
They wage war for political masters.
The exploitation of the hyper-adrenalenised traumatised wounded survivors trying to make sense of it all.
Nobody wins war.
As I understand it 'losses' in war are in fact the numbers of people murdered by a system of power, be they troop or civilian, adult or child, volunteer or conscript.
Murders, not losses.
Losses to the organising agencies, whose concern with numbers of troops is rather obvious.
To go after troops who murdered people in Iraq and to avoid going after the men who organised and funded and prosecuted an invasion and war against another state?
That is an appalling act of deliberate hypocrisy, because that failure to indict known War Criminals is part of what enables War Makers to get away with it. They never go to jail.
Colonialism and Conquest.
I find it appalling that the majority of Europeans cannot 'see' what Colonialism really costed, and still costs,
How can they not understand that a cruel dynamic generated the wealth and status we Europeans now stand on, which we were born into,
I find it appalling that we British are not strong enough to arrest our White European Christian War Criminals.
Blair is free and that indicts the entire Western European polity, straight up.
Bush is free, and that indicts the entire Industrial World. Straight up.
I say this - We remember and we must prevent or it is just nostalgia and cover-up, which is very, very stinky evil.
Go on, then, televise and broadcast the old men of 'yesterdays wars' tearing up, the young men in fresh uniform, the disabled veterans, the bugle, the wind, the seriousness of the moment, the standing, lots of standing.
But if they go to war tomorrow, if we allow our Government to go to war, if we permit venal men and women to fund covert warfare, to supply active combatants in illegal Wars, in effect spreading violence, then it's just a load of political grooming gangsterism.
Just for the show.
It's not a good show.
Remember that as you go.
"Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe"
Thank you for reading this blog. All we need to do is be really honest, responsive to the evidence we find,and ready to reassess when new evidence emerges. The rest is easy.