I wonder how many people in authority are still acting out their
wounded childhoods? How many of us have seen pain inflicted
because someone is angry with their parents or siblings? Unless the
work is being done, the past will keep visiting us. It will need its
reenactment. How many world leaders are still seeing ‘the world’ as
the family unit, trying to be seen and heard, trying to make their own
lives more comfortable by simply saying that the other is wrong,
or holding back secrets from each other? How many battling out
brother and sisterly quarrels are we being subjected to by our world
I read the following on a petition signed by a man from New
Zealand. It was a petition to end the rule of a particular government
who were developing a reputation for ruthless suppression of dissent.
He wrote ‘Freedom of speech is available to all of us. No one should
be killed for disagreeing with someone who clearly has no regard for
anyone but himself. If these people are killed their blood is on all our
hands for not speaking up for them; when they have been so brave
for opening their mouths in the first place.’
Suppression of dissent occurs when an individual or group
which is more powerful than another tries to directly or indirectly
censor, persecute or oppress the other party, rather than engage with
and constructively respond to, or accommodate the other party’s
arguments or viewpoint. When dissent is perceived as a threat, action
may be taken to prevent it from continuing. Government or industry
may often act in this way. I read that ‘this month courts charged five
activists with treason, a crime punishable by death, whose laws took
lives of journalists and anyone who spoke out against their policies.’
Where does it come from? What is the original story? This is
obviously a world issue and part of the shadow of the very big family.
But arguments, wounding, abuse and such like are happening in the
very small micro families and if they are not addressed they can, if
given the power and energy, increase disproportionately and seep
into the whole community; having a huge impact on the lives of
many. Where one disagreement happens between a husband and his
wife and it is not dealt with, it can filter into their relative work places
where projections and transference can occur with their colleagues.
This then leads into the conference room and subsequently out into
the world on a much larger scale; into politics and governments.
It can become part of a child’s upbringing to be dealing with their
parents arguments and so the story filters out into the school class
room and play ground, into college and on into university and the
careers of our children.
And so I begin with myself. I write my experiences and I keep
looking into the eye of opportunity. I take those opportunities to grow
from and explore their meanings in depth. I share with my partner so
that the ‘story’ has an opportunity to end here, with myself.
Reclaimed Innocence (MyVoice Publishing)