Today I had a spiritual awakening of sorts. Having experienced outright, overt aggression from another person aimed at me, I realized how devastating it can be to be targeted so, especially when I’m not braced for it. This damage dips into the depths of the realm of spirit.
After a number of hours of wallowing in the spiritual void left behind by this encounter, I reflected on the poetry and articles I’ve written in the past and discovered that numerous depict a world or society of aggressors and victims of their aggression. What a violent culture we live in, whether it be overt or covert!
Maybe it’s just the sub-culture I associate with, some by choice and some imposed on me through no fault or responsibility of my own. I just know that aggression is rampant in the world I’m forced to live in by circumstance and, unfortunately, by deliberation of others.
Having worked with adults with developmental disabilities for ten years, I’ve experienced first-hand what unresolved unconscious psychic unrest can do to a person’s personality. A lot of this unaddressed psychic material manifests in just what I’m dealing with in ordinary, plain folks who carry the same “stuff” inside them but have the (potential) capacity to deal with it constructively.
Unfortunately, this potential is often never realized, hence there are many ghouls walking around with no sense of spirituality in their entire beings who dump their internal garbage on the first available walking and talking receptacle they can trap. This way they can externalize their self-contempt and avoid the underlying pain manifest in their aggressive outbursts or, more covertly, their passive-aggression.
If you’re trying to think up examples of our cultural predisposition toward aggression, view about half of my prior articles in foamcage.com. You’ll find plenty of material to quench your thirst: Although not alone, America is an aggressive country.
I think back over my childhood and wonder how I emotionally survived the aggression dished-out by those around me. The only difference in those formative years from the present formative culture is that it used to be bullying, alcohol, fists and boots; now it’s bullying, alcohol and methamphetamines, fists and boots and knives and guns. Big difference in substance and lethality, little difference in where they come from: dysfunctional families and their subsequent clan aggression.
We need, as a society, to get behind the aggression and foster healthy families.