Trauma is shock, suffering, and anguish. Right now, we find ourselves in a country divided along political lines and experiencing a raging pandemic that keeps us physically apart. The consequences of trauma are a range of symptoms, involuntary memories, poor sleep, anxiety, and a sense of doom. How will we move on from here?
The more we learn, the less likely we are to get puffed up with opinions, the lowest form of human knowledge. When we learn for ourselves instead of listening to others filling us with fear, we have an opportunity to remove the “sky is falling” feeling. We often find that what's happening today, as in the Supreme Court case, is nothing new, but history repeating itself. Some argue that books, no matter who writes them, don't tell the truth. I'd counter: If you read enough, the brighter your light of comprehension. Deciding not to self-educate is a choice to remain in darkness and denies you a seat at the table.
In a speech at Suffolk Law School (2007), she said she disliked being the only woman on the Supreme Court. Although she’d disagreed with former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on some important questions, they shared experiences of growing up women.
There is a woman in my neighborhood I'll call Louise Barton. LB posts inflammatory news on her Facebook page, seldom providing sources for her information. I've unfriended many males on FB, but I'm slow to cut ties with women. That sure sounds like double standards. It is. I understand my sisters and know their sufferings on account of their gender. I also know that underneath the most rigid shells beat soft hearts.
The day after Donald J. Trump was elected, my three freshmen granddaughters, Sunnie, Sophie, and Elizabeth texted me. We'd discussed Mr. Trump's misogynistic behavior. Of all the back-and-forth texts the one that gut-punched me were two words from Sunnie, my multiracial granddaughter; "I'm scared.”