Thursday, May 23, 2013

Capitalism, Protecting Yourself and Other Thoughts

Whether you're a long time reader here or just starting, we have a content rule that we try to stick to. No progressive political content UNLESS it has something to do with dealing with trauma. Which means you have to know the rules first before you can break them when necessary. This is one of those times.

If you look at a lot of TV, listen to the radio or online content, there's a lot of sick stuff out there. In my opinion, you have to screen everything because, nobody else will do it for you. I've heard that many trauma survivors have a sharp sense of intuition. It's like being five steps ahead of the rest of the world. You know what's going to be said and how everyone will respond. Why then bother to deal with it and possibly dissociate for days? Lately I've seen that happen. I'm not always right. However, my percentage is pretty good.

While I can't control what Obama and other rich and powerful people say and do, I can take steps to protect myself. Set boundaries. Don't buy, watch or read something. Regular TV viewership is down overall by about 20%. Why is that? Maybe it's because like Spike Lee says, show me something original that's NOT reality TV  or a remake. Why pay for something that's going to trigger you and cause problems?

Is it your responsibility as a trauma survivor to save every other trauma survivor? If I could, I would. However, it doesn't work like that. My protection comes first. I can't take on my pain and everyone else's.

Not all, but in many cases, if you want someone to listen to you, cut into their profit margin. If you send an email, odds are you won't get a real response. On the other hand, if you manage to cut someone's profit margin by say 40%, suddenly they have time for you.

Is that "capitalism", or something else? I don't know. I prefer to call it a positive approach.

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