The Widespread Abuse and Traumatization of Children in the United States Stops Here.
Compassion (Fatigue) in the Land of So Much Suffering Pt. 1
It is not enough for us to simply stop separating families, stop dehumanizing other people, and stop shuffling their children into a system of widespread sexual assault if not outright trafficking—as important as ending each of those things is. We owe it to these people we have injured to care for the physical and psychological wounds we have inflicted.
We owe it to ourselves, to our own children, and to future generations of global citizens to acknowledge the reality of this situation, to acknowledge what our bigotry, willful ignorance, and civic passivity have permitted, and to educate one another on the processes that led us here so that we may better avoid them in the future. We owe it to every child in the world to take responsibility for our contributions to the society where they grow up.
We Will Displace Scarcity
Compassion fatigue is hitting my entire generation and all the folks younger than us, even when we aren’t directly engaged in a traditional sense with trauma work. I don’t know any of us who aren’t engaged in healing the trauma of ourselves and the marginalized communities we relate to. I don’t know any of us who aren’t in constant shock at the world our parents and grandparents daily find new ways to pillage and burn. We might not be firefighters or nurses, we might ‘just be’ writers or ‘keyboard warriors’, but we fucking feel it. To be attuned to the state of this world is to be aware of crisis at all times, to intimately bear witness to so much suffering, and to find yourself struggling to stay afloat amidst it.
Imagine Healing Spaces For All Genders & All Earth's Children
I am quite terrible at nihilism. To a fault, I’m an optimist, more at home in utopian fantasies and solarpunk daydreams than the bottom of a beer can or staking out my aesthetic from behind the Freudian slip of a weapon. In that naivete, I refuse to believe our solidarity is a scarce resource to be spent on artificial trolley problems when the train itself can still be detonated.
What the Slaughter of Ducks Taught Me About Capitalism & Worker Solidarity
In some contemporary Pagan and other healing-oriented communities, the idea of having group spaces which are exclusive to either men or women (or more specific experiences of manhood or womanhood than that) can be controversial and perennial conflicts. Part of these conflicts I think stems from a scarcity mindset around healing.
When I talk about economics classes I’ve attended where we were led to calculate the monetary value of a person’s life in order to compare it to the tax revenue or other monetary benefits of a change in policy, most people with a soul respond in horrified shock that the math nerds making suggestions about global political and economic policy could be so cold and indifferent to human life.
But if I bring up the monetary value of a farm animal’s life, most of the same people will make all sorts of justifications for animal captivity, forced labor, and slaughter. This attitude isn’t unique to the soulful people creating worlds beyond capitalism, but it is an attitude we’ve inherited from this system we’re trying to move beyond.