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Addressing such personal hurts through individual healing methods is certainly helpful and necessary. Yet there are other traumas that we—and everyone—suffers from. We cannot separate ourselves from the collective wounding caused by oppression, and the disconnecting impacts of racism, sexism, and other oppressions.
Oppression grants some of us advantaged statuses associated with being white, male, heterosexual or middleclass, etc.
However, none of us as children consented to living in a world of racial, gender, sexual, or economic inequality, or to being members of a dominant social group. It breaks our hearts.
Oppression is essentially unfairness. This cycle is self-perpetuating: Numbing ourselves reinforces the lack of empathy and awareness, and perpetuates the cycle of oppression. If you are a person who belongs to a minority group because of your race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, etc.
So why do children put up with unfairness? At first; they resist. We have to work very hard to teach children to accept oppression, but eventually, everyone succumbs. One example of this wounding, using the example of heterosexism and transphobia, is the common experience of heterosexual and gender conforming children or teenagers being expected to avoid or end friendships with lesbian, gay or transgender peers.
These situations lead to terrible choices and ruptures of trust and connection with family and friends.
Oppressing others dehumanizes and wounds us, shuts us down and limits our ability to connect with ourselves, other people and spirit. We learn to numb ourselves to avoid feeling these painful losses and betrayals of our humanity. We develop blind spots in our perceptions, numb spots in our bodies.
These layers of armor shut out the pain and loss. We have all come to accept being oppressed and oppressing in order to survive in an oppressive culture.
And this has hurt us, intimately and personally. The antidotes for this collective wounding that we all participate in and suffer from need to be both personal and collective. To approach this healing process skillfully, we need to know what we are up against.
A variety of obstacles deter dominant group members from recognizing the oppression and privilege operating through us and around us, or taking steps to counter them.
The major obstacle we face is that it is painful! By the same token, uncovering the vivid emotions and sensations of the body that are our birthright as humans is difficult. We need to be prepared for discomfort; we need a great deal of support. Support comes in the form of companionship and community.
We need other members of our social group to travel the path with us, people who are committed to a just world. Such community helps us feel safe to take risks, and sustains our journey of learning about and challenging oppression.
When we feel our allies standing with us, it feels much safer to access our innate empathy, feeling, and presence.
Support also comes in the form of tools and practices that help us to stay self-loving, resilient, and persistent when things get tough.The Dirac quote you remember may be this one: [In the early days of quantum mechanics it was a good description to say that it was a game, a very interesting game one could play.
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2 Ectopic pregnancies, the frequency of which increased. As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria.
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For most of us, the expression “you are your own worst enemy” holds a lot of truth. It’s a painful reality that much of what limits us in our lives is our own feelings of unworthiness and self-hatred. Because I write about illness and medical research and the professionals who try to help those with medical problems, I find myself wanting to recommend links that don't really fit into the other categories on this site, or even into the concept of the site.