August 23, 2020 by petrujviljoen
Can you explain this one, please? It looks terrifying, like someone trapped in a jar.
Not trapped, or maybe psychologically … I meant to edit the post to add an explanantion, but the block editor frustrated me so much I couldn’t do it! I’m going to speak to WordPress to take it off, it requires a technical expertise beyond what the ordinary blogger should be asked to deal with!!
The new editor is a pain in the hole!
I used to do voluntary work at an orphanage somewhere. I detected a case of abuse and reported it. It took months to get the committee to accept that what happened was, in fact, abuse. They blamed cultural differences! I finally got hold of someone who is an expert in the field of abuse of children and she spoke to the committee and the case got resolved. While this was going on, the electricity where I used to live went out, for days! So I made a fire in the fireplace to cook my food, I didn’t have a gas stove. I had a huge tin mug that I boiled water in. Taking it off the fire, this image appeared on it! One of those spooky things that happens when things get intense.
Ah, I see! Literally. What goes on in some orphanages is like what goes on in abattoirs. We know about it in a vague sort of way, but when it’s posted in front of your face you have to be a psychopath not to be affected.
The topic came up recently. The committee kicked me out after that and … and
Yes. There wasn’t a higher authority I could go to. The government department dealing with these things proved to be useless.
You must have felt so useless! And vulnerable. If ranks close against you, what can you do?
Quite. I nearly gave up once or twice the resistance was so strong by so many. Also by those who are/were supposed to know better than me! Just couldn’t and was proved right in the end. I was used up at the end so just left without a fight.
Meanwhile, some kid suffers in silence. We really are a shitty species.
Hi, Jane: True, as a whole, we are, but there are some examples who try to be less so. Thank you for being one of the examples who cares, and tries, and speaks out.
Did you see Jane’s post about people’s mindlessness? Sorry, forget the name of the post but scroll and you’ll find it.
Hmm, I did see one about mindlessness, I think, but let me check…
I speak out where I can’t do any good though, Shira. I’ve only ever twice been in a position to help and I did what I could. The first time, the child (living with travellers who weren’t his family) just disappeared, and the second, the refugee family was found accommodation. It’s a pretty meagre score.
It’s better than nothing, and also more than most people accomplish.
If we all just show sympathy that would be something. Some people begrudge even that.
True, but (or, and…) we must set the example, and show sympathy anyway. Even when it hurts, I guess. Otherwise, there would be no hope.
Yes, you’re right. It’s when indifference becomes the default setting that we’ll be lost.
Yes. So, we work to build empathy, which is why I love the studies showing that reading novels builds empathy! 🙂
It must surely open horizons. We don’t have to travel to learn about different people and places.
Very good point: this is what books are for! 🙂
I often wonder why the only books that get literary recognition these days as the ‘worthy’ novels making a point. Some of the authors even claim they hope their novel has ‘taught’ their readers something. Always the kind of fashionable cause of the moment, often mental health, but set in the Ecuadorian rainforest or in a Berber encampment in the Atlas Mountains to make it less dull.
True, alot of books are ‘bandwagon’ work, but hopefully even they will manage to do some good! 🙂
If they are enjoyed, that’s enough.
Thank you for fighting, and thank you for sharing. *sending more Safe Air Hugs*
THANKS! God help us all.
Just thinking about everything sends one into a decline.
It could, but that’s why we are here supporting one another, right?
And thank you so much. Wish you were around at the time.
The email I got from ‘management’ asking me to leave said I only see the negative things and I don’t really support their work. I could start swearing and blaspheming too.
I’ve been told things like that by my own management in the past. And by family: never point out the White Elephant. Keep pointing out the White Elephant!
You got me laughing: Never point out the white elephant (in the room) … right there and everyone pretends.
… and you didn’t get fired? Must be quite a progressive management (as things go).
actually, yes, I did get almost fired: I managed to find another job as they were starting termination proceedures on me.
Here’s another one, necessarily vague:
My family too: we talk very, very seldom, only around birthdays and their Christmas – because of the elephant in the room!
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