Monday, November 14, 2022

The “Post Covid” situation – New findings

"Unless someone like you cares an awful lot; nothing is going to get better. It’s not” – Dr Seuss (The Lorax)

 

Background

We recently posted an article highlighting the wellness, mental and physical health and well-being problems being experienced as a result of employee’s covid experiences. (If you have yet to read Curing Malady at Work, where we talk about this and also about lost connections and lost values, go to: http://storytellinginbusiness.blogspot.com/2022/10/curing-malady-at-work.html)

As Gabor Maté proves, there is nothing 'normal' about the way we are living and the remarkably high level of stress and toxicity that we face every day. (Maté, g. 2022)

There are a growing number of research papers and articles emanating from a number of countries, about the inefficacy of and the adverse effects of covid vaccinations. That is not what this article is about. Instead, in this article we outline the impact on the health and wellness of people emanating from their covid experience as we move into what is being heralded by some as a post-covid period. (This period may turn out to be simply the lull before the next inevitable medical, financial, technological or social pandemic - which will again traumatise millions). Documentation of what people are experiencing is still sparse but deserves our full consideration.

What we can now say with certainty is that people have suffered and continue to suffer. There have been many impacts, potentially serious and lasting in terms of our health and wellness at every level: physical, intellectual emotional, social and spiritual. These traumatic impacts have been both collective and individual.

New Findings of Note

Scientists in Europe and the USA compared levels of the five-factor model of personality traits before and after the coronavirus pandemic, finding that personality itself has been affected by the trauma of covid (with some differences across age groups):

Extraversion (characterised by outgoing sociability, high energy) declined (moved towards introversion)

Openness (characterised by curiousness, insight, imaginativeness) declined

Agreeableness (Prosocial, kind, giving, helpful, accepting) decreased

Conscientiousness (goal-directed, focused) suffered

Neuroticism (self-blaming, tendency to focus on negative emotions) increased

(Bello, C. 2022)

On a ‘whole person’ basis, other research conducted, and our own experiences and observations have been in line with the findings that follow. (See References below).

Interlinked, negative impacts (mainly long-lasting and not short-lived) that are being revealed:

Physical 

Insomnia, digestive problems, listlessness, curtailed movement and lack of exercise, unexpected sudden ailments of many sorts

Intellectual

Boredom, brain fog, memory loss - ‘pandemic amnesia’, not feeling in control

(Exacerbated for some by longer work hours)

Emotional/ Psychological

Anxiety, high stress, panic, depression, loneliness, grieving for those who’ve died  

Parents worry about their school-going kids: schooling time lost, lowered concentration, new fears and vulnerabilities, teacher’s inability to handle acting out, giving up, low morale 

(Often triggered by change, uncertainty and financial stress).

Social

Social isolation is abnormal for humans and can become a self-imposed habit. Many relationships have suffered. A ‘me-first’ attitude has become more prevalent. There is less compassion for the other. ‘Red flag words’ spark conflict. There is a new sense of being vulnerable to harm from others (Young and older experience this). And sometimes a phenomenon of pseudo self-sufficiency. (‘It’s everyone for themselves’)

Attachment-style (attachment-inheritance may be a better word) plays a big role. Where attachment style is one of relational insecurity, the dynamic between needing to have your own space and being able to enjoy being very close to another or others creates problematical behaviours. These may result in major conflict within relationships)

Spiritual

Fear and being wary of others, feeling vulnerable to others and the unknown future. Community and togetherness is impacted.

Attending funerals where there is forced distancing between mourners, or not being able to be with loved ones when they are dying have scarred people. They ask, ‘Why is this being allowed to happen to me?!’

Some also exclaim: ‘The world should for us all be charged with the grandeur of God. Humans should be blessed by the spiritual realities of beauty, love, harmony, contentment. Not weighed down by abuse, totalitarian behaviour by those in charge, not subject to narcissism and a materialistic culture. Why is this happening?’

 

What has been imposed, and/or allowed with inadequate response, can be described as despicable.

The impacts outlined above have the potential to render people, institutions and organisations dysfunctional if no adequate remedy is forthcoming.

In addition, in a hybrid (at-home and on-site) operating circumstance, where there is already potential for a single organisation culture to come under threat, these ongoing covid impacts may certainly exacerbate culture damage.

We advocate as a first step that leaders of organisations and institutions learn about their specific situation by conducting a quick, illuminating survey in order to find answers and take action. Contact https://culturescan.biz/contact-us/

(If you wish to do a sample survey (which is not as refined as the one that would be done for your organisation but will give you an idea of possible survey content, go to: https://culturescan.biz/wellness-assessment/)

  

References

Bello, Camille (2022) Scientists believe COVID may have altered our personalities, especially young adults Euronews November, 2022

https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/11/11/scientists-believe-covid-may-have-altered-our-personalities-especially-young-adults


Chirichella, Caroline (2022) How and Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Might Be Messing with Your Memory Shape

https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/mental-health/pandemic-memory-loss

Lebow, Hilary I (2021) and Juby, Bethany, PsyD medically reviewed. How the Pandemic Affected Our relationships   PsychCentral https://psychcentral.com/health/the-impact-of-the-pandemic-on-relationships#Pandemic-and-relationships:-The-big-picture

Maté, Gabor MD, with Maté, Daniel (2022) The Myth of Normal: trauma, illness and healing in a toxic culture Avery

Nardone, G, and Portelli, C. (2005) Knowing through changing: The evolution of brief strategic therapy. United Kingdom: Crown House.

Pietrabissa, Giada & Simpson, Susan G. (2020) Psychological Consequences of Social Isolation During COVID-19 Outbreak 09 September 2020 Frontiers in Psychology https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.02201/full

Rogers, J. P, Chesney, E., Oliver, D., Pollak, T. A., McGuire, P, Fusar-Poli, P, et al. (2020. Psychiatric and neuropsychiatric presentations associated with severe coronavirus infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis with comparison to the COVID-19 pandemic Lancet Psychiatry 7, 611–627. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30203-0

 

 

 


 

Friday, November 4, 2022

FIVE CONVERSATIONS

 

Can we together nurture humanity back to a better ‘new normal’? These explorations or conversations are aimed at mobilising a meaningful, perhaps counter-intuitive response to the malaise that cloaks society as economic, environmental, technological, societal and geo-political woes beset the World. The pace and pervasive nature of change is overwhelming to many, who find themselves individually and collectively traumatised, leaderless, feel betrayed, lied to, and on the cusp of losing not only rights and freedoms, but maybe even their very humanity.

So, this is not a call nor an attempt to activate protest and solve problems.  Simply a sharing  of thoughts and feelings.


SPREADING LIGHT: We are disconnected, dissociated in an abnormal, doomsday World. What is happening out there? What can we help to make something better happen?

·       INVOKING HEART: Acting from the heart to bridge walls between and within. How do we contribute to move humankind from being hate-based to heart-based, both human and kind?

·       SHARED MIND: Discovering the power of a larger, more beautiful, interconnected mind. Can we get closer to understanding the power and potential of our shared, collective mind?

·       TALKING CURES: Revelling in new talking cures. Can philosophies and methodologies like dialogue, circle work and story-bridging be the spaces in which a transformative difference can come about?

·       LIVING WILD AND FREE: Is a new reality, one that we can imagine, waiting to emerge? How do we improve our ability to belong more deeply to the interconnected web of life, to forge decent and supportive community, to mature and integrate self, to hone-in on the values and virtues needed to undergird a sustainable society, and to bravely bring about a better ‘new normal’?

 

The 5 conversations that follow are intended to be 'conversation starters' for anyone, or any group wishing to have dialogue on situations and topics relevant to the state of society - what it is today, where it is headed, where it might land, and what we can do in playing a part in its future yet to emerge.








 

Spreading Light – conversation 1 of 5

 

Reading time about 9 minutes


Using the royal we, we are not arrogant enough to put to much store by our own importance, nor believe that we have any right or ability to nurture humankind! We are the ones needing the nurturing.

We take comfort in Socrates words: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”.

We can however share aspirations, findings, experiences, yearnings and connect with others also searching for a better way forward than we now enjoy.

We live in a society where ‘normal’ suddenly evaporated. We have become more prone to individual and collective trauma, loneliness, and yearnings for closeness, being held, touched (a two-way healing aspect of living, seriously harmed by social distancing). We’ve come to realise that we don’t like what was heralded by too many as ‘the new normal’ and know in our hearts that it is not normal. So with that in mind we listen to this Alan Chapman song. Is this not the essence of the nurturing, the healing that we all crave at some level?

 

Being Held (I sure do miss being held by a woman) - Alan Chapman - 10/4/22-23/9/22

 

I sure do miss being held by a woman

That warm embrace like I'm a child like I'm a new man

'Cos what's the point if I can't live without you

And you don't want me how I am to be my true self

Should I deprive me of my soul

Or should I find my space to be

Fulfilled in other ways that is

Unless until let go another place

I sure do miss believing I'm a human being

More like the kiss of peeling skin is how I'm feeling

Is it natural bodhisattva to be lonely

And can we actu'lly be somebody alone

Should I deprive me of my soul

Or should I find my space to be

Fulfilled in other ways that is

Unless until let go another place

Maybe it's because my Mum died a few days ago and I never held her as she died. Maybe my Mum never held me enough, so I didn't hold her enough and I couldn't hold her enough. Maybe it's because my Mum was from the London slums and a drunk for a dad. Maybe it's because he used to rage at my Nan, and my Mum, and her sisters when they were kids. Nana died in a big mistake, though she was a rock from the slums, sepsis at 52. Routinely beaten and abused by a drunken men. It's a cascade. Trauma torments and broken dreams, never meant it, and holding was the cost we gotta pay. We gotta keep paying the cost of the debts of the traumas and addictions to the very few that have everything they think they're needing, to keep it in their families while we're bleeding from our hearts. And our babies torn apart, and no wonder that we all crave a holding....

 

https://alanchapman.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/BeingHeld2oct2022.mp3

 

The song reminded me of one of my favourite verses, an encouragement for all, and which may be paraphrased as:

“So do not fear. I am with you and will comfort, support, strengthen and help you. I will hold you and uphold you with my unlimited power and love”. (Isaiah 41:10)

Trauma, depression, fear, despair and ‘holding up our mirror’ and seeing whast it reflects, may lead to us facing our inner demons, and to post-traumatic growth, to a more attractive ‘imperfection’, to unheard-of creativity…

British public servant and writer Humphrey Trevelyan was of the view that the best artists need to experience despair, “… must be shaken by the naked truths that will not be comforted. This divine discontent, this disequilibrium, this state of inner tension is the source of artistic energy”.

I believe that we need also to know and feel what we face before we can respond adequately with hope, and appropriate possibilism. Blind optimism and positive thinking simply won’t cut it.

Today I listened to Dr Gabor Mate being interviewed by Thomas Hübl. (Maté, G. 2022).  Wonderfully incisive, he questions the very nature, purpose and conducting of civilization as it is today.

We talk glibly about ‘the new normal’. Maté immediately points out that normal does not equate to healthy and natural. If everyone mistreated the dog would that practice become ‘normal’? Many ‘normal’ people reach the top in our society.

So, the acceptance of racism, of totalitarianism, patriarchy is not normal and should be resisted. The same applies to our approaches to economy, society, environment, today’s structures, divisions, hierarchies, behaviours, left-brain dominance, some of the values we have adopted, many of the new ideas being foist upon us, the presence of unnecessary stresses, the uneven spread of power. As well as our lack of connection, lack of loving acceptance, lack of expression and participation in laws promulgated and how countries are run, and lack of meaning and purpose for many.

Recent evolution and ‘progress’ has moved the huge majority of humanity away from nature and our true nature, so we now live in a world foreign to us. We have trauma and unmet needs due to this ab-normalisation, symptoms being the likes of alienation, depression.

What follows are thoughts from Story Bridging (mainly Chapter 2: Walls) that are intended to outline the challenges (and opportunities) that we face at this time. A case of knowing the battleground and of knowing your ‘enemies’.  To recover our care, compassion, gratitude, wonder, creativity and a degenerating culture.

Deep systemic issues are raised in this first discussion. By sharing our feelings, experiences, insights, through our stories we contribute to the emergence of a collective of kindred spirits, and to a raising of collective consciousness.

 The beautiful lotus plant rises out of murky depths.

Why the rise of darkness and hate?

An explanation of how Western civilization is fractured, wounded, traumatized, and in severe psychic and existential pain, has been offered by psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas.  This psychic pain manifests in disconnection from meaning, purpose, values, nature, relationships. In his comprehensive analysis of the factors that have led to the prevalence of a paranoid, combative, separation and division mindsets in society, often accompanied by indifference, poses one of the key questions of our time:

 “Freud wrote that the opposite of love was not hate, but indifference. But if socially conscious selves of all classes have become indifferent to flagrant violations of economic and human rights – thus empowering a significant portion of the world’s population to descend into an underworld of greed, corruption and hate -  is this lassitude in fact licensed by a form of hate?” (Bollas, C. 2018)

Can we be so harassed and manipulated that we become listless? Can we become too defeated to care? Using the Bollas in-depth analysis as a start-point, we have developed a macro view (in broad, cryptic terms) to illustrate the trends (main narrative strands), their behavioural consequences, and what needs to be regained or recovered by the collective.

Underlying Forces and Factors

The underlying Forces and Factors that have been driving Western culture at an accelerating pace over the past few centuries, are:

 ● Industrialisation, consumerism, and a continuous - growth paradigm

● Institutionalism

● Extensive travel, and easy movement of people, goods, and ideas. Globalisation

● Societal and market norms driven by power holders and power wielders (banks, wealthy elite, politicians, military might, technology and media owners, educationalists, and religious leaders) and a paradigm of ‘scientific rationality’.

● Unrestrained spread of irresponsible capitalism – poorly regulated.

● Faith is increasingly placed in the rational, scientific, the military and the technological - for the determination of direction and values. Institutionalism results.

20 years ago, Peter Senge pointed out the dangers of a “shifting the burden” dynamic becoming imbedded in our culture. He explains that this is similar to relieving (solving) a headache (symptom) with an aspirin (technology/ scientific solution) - instead of addressing the fundamental cause (over-commitment/ worry/ stress). We have allowed a shifting of the burden to science and technology. Instead of addressing human development we have increased our reliance on technology for solutions to symptomatic problems, all the while reducing our human qualities and capacities. A trap. (Senge, P. et al. 2004)

● A backlash against perceived/ real absence of justice and fairness, or threats to “narrow self- interest” (threats of globalisation, military might, being disenfranchised – may come from a number of sources, for example marginalised gender and race groups, those with low and declining economic status, indigenous peoples …)

Arising consequences and mind-sets

These forces and factors result in the following consequences and mindsets (conscious and unconscious) and become the prevalent cultural and behavioural norms: 

● Focus on acquisition, extrinsic values – with esteem & status dependent on material ‘success’ – the self is increasingly defined (certainly informed) by others. (The ancient Hebrew for pride – that goes before a fall – is gāôn, a haughty, arrogant, ‘swelling excellence’)

● Accent is on productivity, competition and wealth. And dominance. A small ‘Elite’ holds the wealth, media, technology thrust, power. Exploitation and degradation of the environment, society and long-term economic health is inevitable. Centralised banks ‘box’ the capabilities of and control the non-elite.

● Projection of our ‘shadow’ side onto others is habitual. Falsehoods and naming and blaming cause wide separation and polarisation. Fragmentation of collective conscience is wide and deep.

(Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck relays the My Lai incident in South Vietnam in 1968, where members of the United States Army killed 500 to 600 unarmed villagers. Years later, he was appointed by the Army Surgeon General as chairman of a committee given the task of making recommendations about undertaking psychological research–to understand and help prevent such incidents in future. The committee’s recommendations were rejected for fear of embarrassing the status quo. The organisation, the US Army, protected itself. Scott Peck explains lucidly that group pathology was at play even though each killing was an individual act. He points out that different levels, as well as different departments within a hierarchy, can experience a ‘fragmentation of conscience’, especially under conditions of stress). (Scott Peck, M. 1988)

● Hate-led solutions to conflict and difference are sought – often a function of intense and continually reinforced identification with one’s own views, a growing fear of and contempt for opposing views (within a general climate of antagonism, angry rhetoric and declining relating-competencies). A super-hero complex/ mentality may emerge at individual, organisation and nation-state levels. It also seems that hurt turns to despair and/or anger and hatred as over time the disenfranchised remain unheard and powerless, and their cause may move from a drive for recognition - to restoration - to retribution - to revenge – to a desire to become dominant – a backlash.

● Greed, corruption and exploitation by major economic players (banks, big oil, finance, pharma, chemicals, pesticides, soft drinks, fashion, arms, tech …) is rampant (notwithstanding the commercialization of principles, purpose, virtues…) The political, social and economic landscape is characterized by the distorting primacy of 4IR (the fourth industrial revolution), the immediacy of communications (‘world in my living room’), digital and technological manipulations. Corporate focus is largely on techno-savvy, agility, survival and profit maximisation (often unstated as an aim). All these factors hasten a distinct trend to dehumanisation. (Exacerbated by deprivation, hunger and thirst, famine, disease, conflict)

● Major and potentially lasting shifts in our moral, perceiving and connecting capacities become evident. Relating is shallow, thinking is muddled, powers of concentration in decline, the nature of our existential ‘being’ is confused. Connection with the ‘divine’ or anything higher than or outside of self, is weakened or severed.

Areas where new minds are called for

This places the onus on ‘enlightened’ thinkers to encourage properly - considered collective choices in the following areas: 

● Recovery of social conscience and social justice employing citizen-participation and morally - steered systemic-knowing approaches (Rajagopalan, R. (2020) in communities, and NOT more and more knee-jerk legislation to increase government and power-elites control-based on solutions that are not holistic and that serve political self-interest

● Re imagined purpose, meaning, and actualisation (bottom up) with acceptance of different forms of leadership (but characterised by being in tune, compassionate and courageous)

● Regeneration and stewardship of planet, society, economic principles. Cooperative and ongoing balancing of local and global trading and support interactions according to higher values

● Valuing of civility, honour, respect, freedom of personal choice, collaboration, and compassion. Simultaneous halting of moral decline. And healing of collective psychic traumas, numbness, denial, avoidance See: https://www.businessballs.com/blog/compassion-graham-williams/

● Resurgence of ‘spirituality’, the arts, cultural pursuits (shifting from a technological paradigm to a nature paradigm), being compassionate

● Education of the populace in reasoned thinking, existential reflection, listening, self-disclosure, non-dualistic thinking, sound dialogue. (This will hasten the regaining of lost citizen- participation and their weightier influence in a practical democracy).

● Reintroduction of close, warm, meaningful relating and communicating, being prosocial and empathic, and upholding the primacy of higher human virtues. Community. Reversal of simplistic projection of ‘evil’ onto others, teaching win-win and giving/ sharing mentalities. Promoting the spread of true information and reasonable opinion. Appropriate appreciation and harnessing of the richness of diversity within a shared belonging framework (A counter to what William James described: “No more fiendish punishment could be devised, were such a thing physically possible, than that one should be turned loose in society and remain absolutely unnoticed by all the members thereof”.

We cannot allow the trends elucidated above and captured graphically here, and which have caused our current sickness as a society, to continue by our commission or omission. Trends harming humanity:

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One consequence of these trends is a culmination in grand colonialism. In South Africa the colonialism of apartheid pales against the new colonialism – the current ANC greed and power lust, the total domination and control of the political, economic and human rights arenas through laws, discrimination and menticide. Which in turn pales against the global - ‘elitist’ determination to colonise the World!

Overcoming hate and separation, reclaiming humankind-ness

Bolstering these disquieting societal trends is a growing trend of narcissistic behaviours and conversations, and a culture of misinformation, deception and lies which confront would-be story bridging endeavours. The decline in empathy and compassion must be reversed if we are to make progress.  Ken Wilber has joined the tirade, “if we are going to come anywhere close to ending the di­sasters of . . . a society defined by its culture wars . . . a society of ethno­centric enthusiasms claiming ultimate value, a culture wracked by indecision anchored in post-truth confusion, a society where fully half of its members hate the other half—then we are going to have to move from a culture of no-truth to a . . . deliberately developmental culture”. (Wilber, K. 2017)

Dark Triad personalities tend to tell ‘Wall’ stories, and Light Triad personalities focus on ‘Bridge’ stories. The British Psychological Society recently published a report, pretty much summed up in the following diagram (Jarrett, C. 2019):

 


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Jungian analyst and storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes says that "Overcoming narcissism is a psychological and spiritual imperative for our times". (Estes, C.P. 2019) and narcissism is often found alongside psychopathy and Machiavellianism, forming a ‘Dark Triad’. According to this early research, the dark side triad is more populated by men, mainly younger, extrinsically - driven participants. The light side is more populated by women, older participants, those with a stable upbringing and having a spiritual bent (intrinsically - motivated). Inherent in the light triad are outward, growth mind-sets. (Jarrett, C. 2019) These are the voices that need to be heard. This is the potential source of ‘bridge’ stories. Importantly – we all carry wall and bridge stories within. Yet we see more and more people being caught up in the ‘me first, look after number one, me only’ mind-set. This disconcerting trend causes lasting damage, lowers the integrity and collaboration of those who are influenced. (O’Reilly, C. et al 2019) It is the antithesis of accepting and serving others, forging bonds, and being compassionate.

Maybe urgency is inviting us to slow down, to listen, to see who is here with us, to consult, and then to respond to glimpses of possibility that peek through the fabric of the moment” – Bayo Akomolafe, Nigerian-born philosopher, author and psychologist.  

And we need to engage fully with this meta-crisis, or zeitgeist – the cultural tone, moral and cognitive climate, and spirit of our times.

 English philosopher Roger Scruton approaches our cultural degeneration from some different angles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFi0rMYuYsA

Banking expert Richard Werner explains the lies perpetuated by banks and how centralisation is synonymous with control by a small self – appointed elite group

https://deblauwetijger.com/video/english-richard-werner-on-cbdcs-and-how-they-prepare-you-to-be-their-slave/

In an email dated 14th September Science and Nonduality.com refer to pioneering psychotherapist and psychiatrist Gabor Maté’s new book. It addresses wellness and wellbeing, and social health. For all its expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person ignoring how the toxicity of today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance”. (Maté, Gabor Dr 2022)

https://drgabormate.com/book/the-myth-of-normal/

 Bringing light, compassion, healing, change

“We have this dying civilization on the one hand that’s not quite dead yet and something else being born that we don’t even know exactly what it is, but we are the ones who are right in that in-between space, which puts us in such a critical role in the larger process” – Otto Scharmer

 

The foundations for inner and outer healing may lie within these connections:

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The panel members do not operate from a basis of ‘tick-tock’ (linear) time, do not separate time and space, nor energy and matter, and believe that a future can be lived now and co-created. Thus, we opt to live as if the desired future has already emerged, introduce a new narrative, a new zeitgeist. To usher this in we bring to bear on our being and our doing the characteristics and ‘resources’ of heart, shared mind, dialogue and circle dynamics, and ‘spiritual’ virtues and whole-person maturities.

Within this framework, our belief is that the bridging- story process is an important contribution to positively counteracting the debilitating components of Western culture that are here described. They are aimed at the building and nurturing of new mindsets and behavioural norms. Nothing less.

In terms of process, consider the analogy of someone contracting an illness. An invasion by somethingharmful may take place at the unconscious, invisible level, as may be the natural reaction of the immune system. Later warning signs may emerge, followed by symptoms that may be sufficiently identifiable to enable a definite diagnosis. Then antidotes and healing remedies may be administered, and a correction occurs due to the healing action taken. So, the inculcation and effects of cultural drivers that have been in play are not initially noticed. Only after symptoms and their effects appeared (and have been properly diagnosed – singly and holistically) can the healing, corrective work begin. Rarely does spontaneous remission happen. Rarely is healing a quick fix. Likewise, lasting bridging and rebuilding is a longer - term process. Until the time arrives, and we can laud a new narrative for a healed, coherent, passionate, grateful, forgiving and compassionate society, one that we as bridging storytellers participate in creating. We can encourage, exhort and console ourselves with Gide’s observation that “History is fiction that did happen whereas fiction is history that might have happened!”. (Haven, C. 2009)

In brief

Society is in a bad way, yet this itself represents huge opportunities.

Lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s Anthem offer explanation, hope, and surety:

“There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in”

When walls come tumbling down, we see each other in new ways.

 

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1.   Do you feel that society is divided, polarized, fragmented, lonely, losing a value system that promotes cohesiveness, lacking in compassion. Abnormal? What is your own experience of the societal trends that have been identified in this article, and have become an integral part of our culture?

2.   What, in your view, are the main areas that urgently need light and love and normalisation … that will help ourselves and others live a life worth breathing – with no mundane moments!?

3.    How positive are you that we can together take opportunities, usher in a new narrative, write a new future history - and what is the source of or reason for your hope? Does story-bridging have a role to play for you in your endeavours?

 

REFERENCES

Bollas, Christopher (2018) Meaning and melancholia: life in the age of bewilderment Routledge

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola (2019) The Understanding Narcissism Summit November 4-13, 2019 Sounds True

Haven, Cynthia (2009) Yalom’s Book is the Talk of Vienna … Literally Stanford University: The Book

https://bookhaven.stanford.edu/2009/11/yaloms-when-nietzsche-wept-is-the-talk-of-vienna-literally-2

Jarrett, Christian (2019) Psychopaths and Narcissists Have Hogged the Limelight, Now It’s Time to Explore the Saintlier Side Of Human Personality, Say Researchers, as They Announce a Test of The “Light Triad” Traits British Psychological Society, Research Digest 22nd March, 2019 

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2019/03/22/psychopaths-and-narcissists-have-hogged-the-limelight-now-its-time-to-explore-the-saintlier-side-of-human-personality-say-researchers-as-they-announce-a-test-of-the-light-triad-traits/

Maté, Gabor Dr (2022) The Myth of Normal: trauma, illness and healing in a toxic culture Penguin Publishing Group

Maté, Gabor Dr (2022) The Undeniable Link of Illness and Wellbeing to our Collective Ecosystem Collective Trauma Summit 6th October 2022

https://collectivetraumasummit.com/speaker-talks

O’Reilly, Charles A.,Chatman, Jennifer and Doerr, Bernadette (2019) When ‘Me’ Trumps ‘We’: narcissistic leaders and the cultures they create Working Paper 3809. August, 2019. Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/working-papers/when-me-trumps-we-narcissistic-leaders-cultures-they-create

Peat, F. David (1996) Infinite Potential: the nature of formative causation Helix Books

Rajagopalan, Raghav (2020) Immersive Systemic Knowing: Advancing Systems Thinking Beyond Rational Analysis Springer

Scott Peck, M (1988) People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil Century Hutchinson 

Scruton, Roger (2020) How Modern Culture is Degenerating You Tube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFi0rMYuYsA  June 18th, 2020

Senge, Peter; Scharmer, C. Otto; Jaworski, Joseph and Flowers, Betty Sue (2004) Presence: exploring profound change in people, organizations and society Society for Organizational Learning

Werner, Richard (2022) Richard Werner on CBDC’s and How They Prepare You to be Their Slave

https://deblauwetijger.com/video/english-richard-werner-on-cbdcs-and-how-they-prepare-you-to-be-their-slave/

Wilber, K (2017) Trump and a Post-Truth World: an evolutionary self-correction Integral Life

Williams, Graham; Gargiulo, Terrence and Banhegyi, Steve (2022) Story Bridging: create the connections and possibilities that build bridges Books33 India