a peep cartoon from 2002....[she did morph in shape sometimes]
This is another lecture I made at my UU fellowship recently. It
was nice to explore ideas outside of our culture's messages about work
and life. The theme of the day was on relaxing and taking those peaceful moments in life. Three people approached me telling me they liked this little lecture. We each get 3-5 minutes, so it's short. It takes me longer to talk then write, so I usually have to shorten things down.
The irony of this speech is I had a doctor's appointment, helped husband with a doctor's appointment when I wasn't housebound, moved--to escape mold from a plumbing issue--thank goodness for friends who helped--, taxes, a promised art project, a cellulitis infection, and more paper work compressed into the two weeks before I wrote it.
Idea of Success
To me, drudgery was just boring
And never gave me any meaning in life
I was the rat on the treadmill
But unlike the other rats
There was no tasty morsel waiting at the end of my maze
So I jumped off the spinning wheel
My brain just didn't work the same
It seemed so easy for the other girls
To keep their hair just so
All their emotions in check
It seemed to be me
Running my fingers through my hair
Always wishing to be free.
Hipcrime Vocab--internet blogger:
have been reduced to productivist meat machines where anyone who does
not continually contribute to the maximization of GDP [gross
national/domestic product] must be ruthlessly cast aside as a mere speed
bump on the highway to Singularity and Martian colonies"
Ever been called lazy? Ever been called a goof off? I have been. Being disabled in go-go work until you drop America isn't always easy. Some bodies can't keep up with the whirlwind around us.
I like sleeping. I like relaxing. Years ago I put my 60-95 hours a week in. When I look back, I wish someone had told me, "You need rest" and "Go to sleep"! Both would have helped me. Sleep deprivation did not help my health.
In America you always have to be progressing and working. Life has become all about status and competition. What happened to enjoying life? Isn't there more meaning to our lives then increasing profit for corporate masters? Yes, I know people need money to live but should economic productivity be the the height of everyone's value? That is how they do divide and conquer in this nation.
Ever be around people who brag about how little sleep they get? I think they are nuts. Give me a toasty morning in bed to sleep in. Then there's that word "LAZY". That's one of the most over used and abused words. I saw this study in 2016 that said being lazy can mean you are very intelligent. They concluded that the very smart people were more apt to get less bored and enjoyed just sitting around thinking and doing quiet solitary activities while the less smart ones, stayed more engaged in active activities. They of course warned about the health effects of a more sedentary life style.
Remember that guy in the Twilight Zone show who breaks his glasses, finally having time to read mountains of books? Well in my case, I read the books first and other came second like housework. I admit it.
Must we always live on the hamster wheel? Some of us jump off the hamster wheel or are forced off it and take a look at all the madness and realize we found things we were missing, time to think, time to create, time to just be and mellow out. Time to look at nature or meditate. Time to putter. Time to do nothing.
People need vacations, sleep, time to be alone, time to sleep in and to feel calm and relaxed. Our communities need people with free time too, to volunteer, help the homeless or even just talk to one another, so our society needs it too. Nobody on their deathbeds ever said, "I should have spent more time at the office or factory."
The austere and me rarely become best buddies. I came up short when it came to Calvinist work ethic demands. I didn't see life as endless to do lists but wanted to look at the clouds. I don't trust people who never goof off or tell me to eat oatmeal [I hate oatmeal] They like to make goof-offs and artists feel guilty and ashamed but they don't look too happy. They want even those with chronic fatigue with their noses to the grindstone.
I hate life being nothing but spinning clocks and moving goal posts. My best memories are of quiet relaxing moments, the days of hanging out in the park or looking at the butterflies. We are told we choose our destines and bootstraps but what about enjoying the here and now with those we love?
Play is not just for kids by the way. Take the nap. Your body and mind will thank you.
Here's some more quotes:
"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time" : Betrand Russell
"No one should ever work, Workers of the world, Relax!": Bob Black
"There is only one lesson, life is trying to teach us, shut the [fuck] bleep up and enjoy the view": Charles Bukowski
and "Become someone who is and not just someone who does" Me.
Monday, March 25, 2019
Don't seek revenge. That is a path to destruction. Find and rebuild a new life. Seek love and compassion but no longer be naive.
One thing I want to tell ACONs is this is possible, my life outside the major health challenges grew better and better even with the money challenges. Having the guilt and shame taken off my back, helped me so much. I've hit my second year in the UU and it's a wonderful place with great people who value kindness who have added joy to my life. Find positive people to spend your time with, people who respect and love you. Sometimes I wonder about the forgiveness trap. So many are put in it, this dance of being told you "must forgive" or you are a terrible person. There's a discussion going on on this thread.
Some posters missed my overall point in the "Why did She Apologize to Her Serial Killer Dad?" It was not to put the daughter down. I was worried about her. I also was trying to show something insidious about our society, how people defend the abusers and the "wicked" while putting more responsibility on those they offended against.
I saw her swimming in the circles I was put in, on a far more major level, being told to forgive the ultimately wicked in her case. Every ACON knows this shame where you are told you are the "bad" one in the mix. Abused people by society are often even on a subtle level held responsible for their own abuse, even as helpless children. Want to know how many times I was called "unforgiving" for not getting back in line by various flying monkeys and narcissists? Time has ebbed down my strongest emotions, as you carry on focusing on getting a better life, it changes things. It's almost like I have been told, I must go bow before my mother, cry copious tears of shame, while shouting "I love you" and get back in line. No doing.
Time alone blurs things out. I have changed, I am sure she hasn't. If you are gone long enough, do these people even know you anymore? They don't. I even doubt mine would recognize me if she even saw me in the street, my appearance has changed that much with age. I write about these issues for this blog, but in life now, the people I left behind have blurred, and memories are fading to be replaced by more positive memories and people.
However staying in the dance with them is the surest way to bring yourself more pain. The serial killer's daughter still has contact with her father. If you are told over and over to "forgive and forget" that's the surest way to find yourself hurt again. The path of "I am done" and "I won't forget what this person is" is a far more positive path. You admit what they are, and you stay away! I wrote an article called "False Forgiveness is a Trap with Malignant Narcissists". I was still a Christian when I wrote this article, but even then I knew something was very wrong with the messages I had been given. Why was the onus on me to forgive, and no one ever told the abusers to get a can of "Get Right"? Why was the responsibility on my back? I am responsible for myself, and my own actions. I no longer have to bear the responsibility for the emotions and actions of those without a conscience, to stay in that game would be absurd.
If anything the shame and guilt put on ACONs to "forgive" is often very negative. Always, Always, Always the secondary message is to end your no contact and get back in line. This can happen even years and years later. Some ACONs online talk about "giving in" even 10 years into a no contact, because of these pressures. "Maybe this time things will be different" but that often is a huge mistake.
Many of us even will have had the justified anger ebb away, and have moved on to new stages, our abusers and their actions have faded in our minds and we are getting older, and parents mean far less to a person old enough to be a grandparent but who never had children of their own, and still will be told "forgiveness" is some sort of religious and societal test they must pass. Is everything forgiveable? That's a question I want to throw out. I felt odd on that serial killer article, like some people were taking up for BTK's side of things, and felt an overwhelming feeling of nausea.
My first no contact was ended upon therapists all recommending I "forgive". Now remember these same therapists told me the abuse was severe and remember in my case there are daily reminders of what I went through via the medical neglect. Some of the therapists had been so schooled in reconciliation and forgiveness being the best path, they gave me recommendations to end my no contact. And lest people forget, I did attempt the traditional forgiveness path already, it just got me abused and hurt again.
We are in a society that overall encourages narcissism. People who are kind and loving and gentle are vilified. I often think about that when I think about how abused people are shamed and told they must "do right by their abusers", isn't that what the constant pressure to forgive is about? It's in religion and it's in the mental health field. Why does it seem to be a greater "sin" in these circles to not forgive even then the original abuse done by the abuser? Why isn't it enough for someone to simply to continue living their life and leave the abusers in the rear view mirror of life?
I've noticed the abused are shamed even for talking about things. Oh I've gotten a few detractors along the way, well you still write about these people! That means you haven't forgiven! They don't get that I made the decision to write about ACON issues long ago on this blog so things still crop up.
It's like I was told I must clean my brain out like a zombie. Perhaps that is the requirement of the "forget" part of the equation. For me to "forget" would be dangerous, because then I would lower my guard. Remember 6 years in, I was hoovered as recently as last fall. I have had others in my life approached by my abusers where one sent one a check in THEIR NAME. My abusers have gotten people committed and even held guardianship over one.
There's major efforts to silence anyone who deals with the problem of evil in our society and faces it head on. I have noticed this. Be a whistleblower on how evil really works, there's a lot of people who aren't too happy about that. It's in the structure of our society. The powerful in American society especially tends to correlate with the most narcissistic. Why is that? Well when you have a society based on dominance, that is what you get. That's one of the reason the abused are told to submit to the abusers, even after the fact. Few question how power works and how absolute power corrupts or how the messages in society often correlate to increase the power a few hold over many.
Why are the abused demanded to "forgive" and show more kindness and leeway for those who have abused them? Many of the abused webwide, [see some comments on my blog here as an example of that], are told they must forgive and are "bad people" not do so. Why isn't it enough for a previously abused person to leave their abusers in peace hoping the favor will be returned? It's almost like they want you to submit no matter what. The abused are shamed, but the offenders are never told to change their ways or at least held responsible for the relationship coming to an end. The fact of the matter is the malignant narcissists can't change.
See the difference? Most ACONs who learn about no contact, leave, and do everything in their power, just to be left alone in peace. But oddly that's not good enough. I do question some aspects of these forgiveness messages and what do they really entail?
I was on an ACON Facebook group, I later left with several other people, because an admin there, via her religion, [some type of Pentecostal? I was not sure] started preaching the "you must forgive or else!" message. She took things so far, she actually posted that using terms like "narcissistic" or "toxic" were wrong. She wanted to take even the language to describe what happened to us away and started preaching about how labels were wrong. I found it ironic that probably most people there had been labeled in many a smear campaign, but somehow even to state you were a victim of abuse was wrong. I didn't even post there very often anymore but was in shock at this message. For me this was all about silencing the victims. I stood up and said it was wrong. I got banned.
With the forgiveness stuff, I have a rule, that trumps the "forgive or else" messages, don't let others tell you what to feel or not feel. For me that covers it. There's sure a lot of people concerned about all the forgiveness and it's ironic to me, that often they get upset the most at people who call out all the abuse.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Nebraska is having major floods. I'm old enough to remember when there wasn't a weather disaster every minute. They had national news back then. Things are very different, even the sheer number of national weather events skyrocketed in the last 20 years.
Friday, March 15, 2019
I know reddit on some boards can be one mean damn place. Here's the banner one place had, for the reddit board, "MyBigFatFabulousLife". When I saw it, I decided to protest it, but that was probably a mistake. The people who post there post like they are all from Fat Logic .
I usually hang out at nicer boards. I'm going to unsubscribe from this board. I've criticized Whitney before on this blog. She's not perfect but I am noticing that in the land of fat bigtory, you can be a dancer, train actively and even lose 40lbs, but as long as you are fat, the bigotry never ends. In their world every fat person is a liar, and there's no such thing as any medical conditions like PCOS and Lipedema. The above is an insult to every woman who even has struggled with mild weight challenges from PCOS.
They posted about Whitney Thore on there. What is ironic is I posted an article with 11 obesity experts questioning CICO, but you aren't going to get through to the bigoted "true believers". I realized they always have to descend to the lowest common denominator of calling people liars, and delusional and crazy. They never address any points that you make.
While I have disagreed with some of Whitney Thore's messages and questioned some personality traits, her show is really showing something poisonous about American culture. Here is a woman who exercises her ass off on TV, to the point of full sweat and 5 K hikes and she is still put down for being fat. She even lifted herself off the ground using a rope for one trainer, and that's still "not good enough".
Their hatred knows no bounds.