The only way to generate Real change is to slow down and BE fully in the moment.
What happened to Freddie Gray is the opposite of Presence, of being Tuned in. That’s what a GMO, Capitalist system creates. People who are completely checked out to what is happening Right in Front of their faces! How can a person continue on doing what they’re doing DESPITE what is happening right in front of them?? How is it that s person can be behaving in blatantly immoral, inhumane actions and yet, have no ability to stop themselves or realize what they’re doing? I used to ask this of the way I grew up. How is it possible for a “parent” to be hurtful to their own child right in front of their face? The answer is Right there, the harm, the distress, the pain, the fighting and yet people carry on. How can Police who hear the pleas of Eric Garner 11 times saying he can’t breathe, be so detached from basic Humanity? How can the 6 officers who beat Freddie Gray to death severing his spine 80% be That disconnected from what is taking place RIGHT UNDER THIER NOSES that THEY are participating in?
It gives a Whole new meaning to Hidden in Plain Sight when it’s not what other’s are doing right in front of you but. what YOU are doing right in front of you and Can’t see it.
In Alice Miller’s book, For Your Own Good, she describes how it was possible for all those people to go along with the Concentration Camps during Nazi Germany.
In one part she writes in the case of Alois, Adolf Hitler’s father, and other parents who beat their children, is the fear of a possible resurrection and the return of the split off parts of the self. This is why beating is a never ending task- behind it hovers fear of the emergence of one’s own repressed weakness, humiliation, and helplessness, which one has tried to escape all of one’s life by means of grandiose behavior. What is really an issue in everything people do to others when they despise and demean them is the attempt to exterminate their own former weakness and to avoid sorrow.
The persecution of the Jews made it possible for Hitler to “correct” his past in the level of fantasy. It permitted him to;
1, take revenge on his father, who was suspected of being half jewish.
2, To liberate his mother (Germany) from her persecutor.
3, To attain his mother’s love with fewer oral sanctions, with more true self expression (the German people loved Hitler for being a shrieking Jew Hater, not for being the well-behaved Catholic boy he had to be for his mother.)
4, To reverse roles- he has now become the dictator, he must now be obeyed and submitted to as his father once was; he organizes concentration camps in which people are treated the way he was as a child. (A person is not likely to conceive something as monstrous if he does not know it somehow or other from experience. We simply refuse to take a child’s suffering seriously enough.)
5, Moreover, the persecution of the Jews permitted him to persecute the weak child in his own self that was now projected onto his victims. In this way he would not have to experience grief over his past pain, which had been especially hard to bear because his mother had not been able to prevent it. In this, as well as in his unconscious revenge on his early childhood persecutor, Hitler resembled a great number of Germans who had grown up in a similar situation.
What is still happening today, just like what happened to Hitler and thousands of others as children, they were used as the emotional garbage dump for their parents. The “parents” are like the Corporation, like Chevron, that dumps it’s toxic waste in the Amazon causing hundreds even thousands of people to become sick.
No matter what harm is being done right in front of people’s faces, the Machine of society keeps on churning. No matter what the cost of health no matter how blatant, it doesn’t have the ability to snap a person awake. And the truly sad part about it is,, it’s “normal” for people who were abused and mistreated to have to act it out on others if it isn’t allowed to be brought to the fore, confronted and healed.
It’s literally, the body being made in the image of a bad economy. The bad “family” Economy.
Why can’t children hold “parents” accountable for abuses suffered as children the same way someone injured by a medication or a faulty part in an automobile causing a car accident? Abuses are abuses and if there is no one there for the child at the time, then later on, when the child is grown, it should be perfectly within their RIGHT to seek justice and compensation for what was done to them by the very people who that child relied and was betrayed.
Why do we continue on with a capitalist society when the cost is so obviously high? When we can clearly see the destruction it leaves in it’s path,, why do we continue with it when $$ creates more harm that it’s worth?
Why do we live in this world of perpetuating psychological and spiritual debt? Today, many are living in a Debtors prison in many towns and cities across America. Many people are in prison for non violent, even normal behavior to keep our fake system going.
Capitalism is Not trying to do things authentically, In reality. Nature, Reality and Presence are the enemies of Capitalism. The only way to end Capitalism and it’s destructive effects on the planet and our health, especially our emotional health which people don’t pay much attention to and don’t even know what it is, is to be more connected to the way Nature works, That means, slowing down, being MORE present and more in the moment. Enjoying the Now and surrender the pursuit, the endless seeking of what can only be found in the now.
The fact is, people are not raised to ever reach their optimum level of fitness and capabilities on any level. Very few people live truly healthy physically, mentally & spiritually. We can call that the muscle. For too many people $ takes precedence over everything and they end up burning “muscle” instead of building it.
Someone like Hitler was clearly torn down. He was nearly beaten to death by his father when he was 11 years old. How do we expect someone like Hitler to act after that kind of treatment? Despite the fact that the reality is right in front of people, the cause and the effect, people are removed from the reality and refuse to admit the truth.
In a piece on Democracy Now, Dr. Robert Jay Lifton said survivors of Auschwitz were upset over the death of Josef Mengele who drowned in the ocean from a stroke in Brazil before being held accountable for the atrocities he committed. “It wasn’t so much a desire for revenge as much as it was for justice. Survivors of the Holocaust are Justice Collectors. The NEED a sense of justice for their own healing”. You can’t have healing without Justice. I’ve been saying that all of my life. People expect you to just get over things. Nature cannot be gotten over on. It needs what it needs which is why many people just skip right over it instead of taking the time to do things legitimately.
Dr Lifton discusses the APA’s participation in the Torture of detainees at Guantanamo. A Dr. James Mitchell actually participated in water boarding Abu Zubaydah ,,, here is an account of other techniques used from an article by CommonDreams
[Mitchell] ordered that Zubaydah be chained to a chair for weeks on end; that he be whipped by the neck into concrete walls; that he be stuffed into a small, black box and left for hours; that he be hung naked from the ceiling; that he be kept awake for 11 consecutive days, and sprayed with cold water if he dozed. But the torture designed by Dr. Mitchell was about to pass to another level. It was time to implement the final stage of Dr. Mitchell’s program.
Josef Mengele was also, a “physician” who did the most twisted things to children at the camps at Auschwitz ,, from the site, Angel of Death, on Josef Mengele,,
At Auschwitz Mengele did a number of twin studies, and these twins were usually murdered after the experiment was over and their bodies dissected. He supervised an operation by which two Gypsy children were sewn together to create Siamses twins; the hands of the children becawhere the veins had been resected.