The need for a regenerated self in the collective society

We may look around our regular lives and see normal homes, with normal families, living their normal lives. Behind that, there’s a mask of a collective instability that invites us to look away with desdain, so that toxicity doesn’t touch us. Everyday we are faced with the realities that bring our thoughts of fear to the front and collectively, we decide to look away, so that toxicity doesn’t touch us. Behind every person with a sad look that we so eagerly roll our eyes and may say to “just snap out of it”, there may be a history of deep trauma and suffering. Behind every normal family portrait, there may be a reality of domestic violence, of dysfunction, of mental health issues, of physical health disabilities. Behind every smile and “it’s fine” there’s a story of heartbreak and sorrow. But we collectively look away, so we don’t deal with that toxicity.

Behind our human collective role of normality there’s a history of two world wars that never had their collective humanity victims treated for their traumas, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity. Behind our collective role of normality, there are refugees dying at sea because of our racism and inaction, but we collectively look away, so we don’t deal with that toxicity. Behind every dictator elected, there’s a history of media manipulation and population control, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity. Behind every indigenous genocide, there’s a history of colonialism to which we inevitably partake, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity. Behind every uprising, there’s a history of social violence through inequality and lack of opportunity, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity.

Behind every woman, there’s history of being diminished and humilliated, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity. Behind every man, there’s a history of emotion surpression and pressure of authority, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity. Behind every elder, there’s a whole history that contains parts of all these stories, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity. Behind every child, there’s a story to be unfolded through the intergenerational trauma we all produce, but we collectively look away so we don’t deal with that toxicity.

Behind every bird, tree, mammal, amphibian, insect, there’s a whole species extinct because of our toxicity.

This is why we must look at ourselves and understand how we contribute to all this, why we choose as a collective to look away and not deal with our collective responsibility. Why we continuously choose the mask of normality to serve us better than our genuine humane concerns. Why we continuously choose anger and rage instead of knowledge and understanding. Why we continuously choose to reenacting the past instead of creating the new.

Behind all of us, there’s a history of good, of sharing, of creating solutions, of happiness and contentment, and we can collectively build a better future if we stop looking away from our toxicity.

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