I don’t think humanity is going to continue to agree to what is government approved torturing of people who have already undergone trauma. I don’t think humanity wants to be inhumane. So eventually those people who have altered states of consciousness and unusual sensory experiences won’t be subjected to a forced psychiatric regime, by the fearful public, who if they were better would never approve of such things as ECT and forced drugging.
My mother’s big protest kabooie was sexism and so was my
nana’s. Nana receiving half the wages of a male teacher, to feed her family
with, really wasn’t okay; particularly as her husband died as a result of doing
things in the war he didn’t want to do, like mowing down people with a tank. He
relived the horror of doing such a disgusting act, blaming himself over and
over for those he was ordered to kill… My mother’s experience involved severe
trauma, so she hurled her protest around in a way that was upsetting to her children.
But she didn’t do it all the time and she really didn’t have full control when
society was still blaming her for the violence perpetuated against her. The
mental health system at the time treated trauma, as it mostly still does, like the
victim of crime has ‘problems.’ Court cases were discussed and I knew at quite
a young age that a woman could be horrifically brutalised, but if she could be
proven to be ‘loose,’ then she would not win a case against her attackers…
father, although he didn’t talk much, carried environmental and wartime conspiracies.
His father had been pushed off a building in Cairo during WW2. My father had
also worked on environmental studies where, any information that contravened
what the mining companies wanted to do disappeared, and, a colleague leading
the environmental project ‘suicided.’ My father was also stopped from teaching ‘the
hothouse effect’ which is a precursor theory to ‘the greenhouse effect.’ He was
a very silent man, my father. But he did show his anger on occasions, generally
with a big fog-horn booming voice. So I somewhat felt his protest at a young
think most people carry some of the baggage from their parents and do try to
make the changes to society happen, which their parents couldn’t. It kind of is
the subliminal ‘job’ of the progeny to do that. But the progeny have to do it
differently from the parents, if the parents really couldn’t handle the
backlash of their times, together with the trauma they most likely suffered, it's no good parroting what they said.
Transgenerational protest… it’s
not about genes, it’s about society, what society needs to do to become more
humane, and, it’s definitely not a
chemical imbalance and not something that should be said to be the ‘fault/ illness/
disease’ of the progeny, who understand the previous generation of protestors,
and are trying to cope with that, and get their own needs met... lest we forget.
Rather than shaking it up and bruising the spirits,
Which I’ve probably done now! Ouch...
Got to be careful I what I think happens,
My lover says, it may not be as it seems,
That my accusations are considerably defamatory,
And that we were in
the glass all the time
And the MC was
talking about some other people
Whose names had
been left out.
I slug that down
and think: bitter eh? Bad taste!
I’m not much of a
And dash the rest
down the sink.
the poetry scene?
Too rough, way too
rough for poetry,
My lover makes far
Okay, okay, I may’ve
For thinking such
stuff like that
past, that, yeah
That, but even back then when I thought like that for a longer time period, I never
deserved to be
painful chemicals for that.
Everyone makes mistakes, Not all of them are as bizarre as mine, But everyone makes mistakes.
Got to get my
spirit levels right though
And not mistake
eyes for ice
And community for
And drinks for
balance, Even though that's the symbols Of the feelings mixed up in the martini. But seriously, I've got to never make the mistake Of saying something is when it isn't, Like that psychiatrist did, Or I am as bad as him Repeating old lies about medication Being very effective and helpful And people's thoughts making Less sense than pseudo-science,
Idealism. Who is going to have to cross the river? Not the
protesters! Been there and done that after being abducted, drugged, threatened and
brain-washed…Besides, they're boring over there, very little understanding of art and healing.
What should be happening to meet half way? People with lived-experience should be included in crisis-assessment and certainly there is a major right being violated when a person with lived-experience is not included on the Mental Health Review Board. (Which at the moment is utterly biased. Totally on psychiatry's side of the river.)
What? Does society actually think we're not capable? Recovery is more than just possible. It is something that would be happening more than it is, if we were not drugged and denied recovery. And, people with lived-experience are generally more understanding of others in crisis who are experiencing an altered state of consciousness, because they've been through something similar themselves. People with lived-experience have a vastly better understanding of coping mechanisms, and, I know it would've calmed me down immensely, when I was in a crisis state, to know there was someone who was meeting me on my side of the river.