Tuesday Afternoon…A psychological analogy
I have to admit I have been mostly involved with my Mac Mini and trying to get them set up – software wise – in a more useful fashion. So I have not been playing Internet too much. Just briefly browsing when I had the chance.
I did a “Like” on my FB page to Truth Out a while ago. Today this item showed up. Where the hell is the Outrage ? It got me thinking and remembering the time I spent in counseling and therapy. You pick thinks up there if you spend enough time. And this particular essay triggered so thoughts on the matter.
Middle-class wages are stagnant. Uemployment is stalled at record levels. College education is leading to debt servitude and job insecurity. Millions of unemployed Americans have essentially been abandoned by their government. Poverty is soaring. Bankers break the law with impunity, are bailed out, and go on breaking the law, richer than they were before.
And yet, bizarrely, the only Americans who seem to be seething with anger are the beneficiaries of this economic injustice – the wealthiest and most privileged among us. But those who are suffering seem strangely passive.
As long as they stay that way, there will be no movement to repair these injustices. And the more these injustices are allowed to persist, the harder it will be to end them.
Where the hell is the outrage? And how can we start some?
There is a psychology behind this that should be obvious but obviously isn’t. If we look at the country like one big family – al be it dysfunctional – it begins to make sense. And many people actually see it this way. What we have are the parents in Washington DC. the “Special Child” – the 1% elites. Who is spoiled rotten and generally gets what ever it wants. Then you have the neglected and abused child. Who is constantly beat by the parents and whose physical and emotional needs are net being met.
The resultant behavior is strikingly similar to what we are seeing in the country now. The spoiled child will go into a rage and through a temper tantrum if it does not get what it wants and will feel ill used and mortified by any attempt at discipline.
The neglected and abused child will get with drawn and depressed. Quite often blaming themselves for their predicament and oft times striking out in anger at those around them or others they feel are to blame. But rarely accusing or blaming their parents because their parents “love them” and would never hurt them unless they deserved it.
If one looks at the situation in this way, it makes perfect sense. Now the catch to this is that after enough abuse, the child will at times turn on their parents to stop the abuse or more often become abusers themselves.
When and under what circumstances will America’s abused and neglected 99% turn on the government ?