What can be expected? Violence is so pandemic in the movies, video games, and news stories that reality has mixed with fantasy & desensitization to violence has developed in easily influenced youth. Not the intellectuals nor the talented debaters nor the writers on the school papers are the heroes, but…
Yes, we highly sensitive people suffer a lot more than others because we take everything to heart. Being sensitive to everything is stressful, but without it, people die of boredom & mediocrity.
Having once been enslaved in Rumania & possibly Bulgaria, the Roma are denigrated throughout Europe as are the African-Americans in the U$$$. This makes for a cycle of exclusion, both self-initiated & enforced by the outsiders, which is virtually impossible to break.
Then you get some spitbrains like the Trumpty Dumbty goonies who just make the hatred spiral into the streets. Similar fascism is on the rise in Europe. In Poland & Hungary, it's already running the country. Europe is feeling more & more like the 1930s must have felt.
Competition at every step for everything is ingrained from early childhood in the U$$$$$. Games, TV, even talents are not only competitive but violently pitted against one another. Even schooling!
Competition is the most toxic value we can pass on to kids, yet little is offered or understood except how to win--which is always at the expense of someone else. Most people lose most of the time because there is ultimately only one winner, but 1000s or millions lose along the way to that one Olympic Gold. ULTIMATE INSANITY!
Will, congratulations to you & the other dads (& moms) who are not passing on the traumas to your children that your parents inflicted on you. It's strong people like you who are allowing humanity to take an evolutionary step forward.
From my own life, my psychotherapy clients' accounts, & the masterful reporting of Joseph Chilton Pearce about recent discoveries in neuropsychology, it is clear that not only those with high ACE scores but pretty much everyone is traumatized because we did not get enough skin contact when we were infants. As a results, our brains did not evolve fully & properly & our emotional needs not being satisfied left us scarred.
Skin contact, so feared by Christians, is so vital that infants without enough of it die.
Bravo for standing up to the KKK (Klueless Kristian Kluxxers) & to the parasites at Facebook. Christians are not at all Christlike or even remotely like he wanted them to be, IF he ever existed. If he did, the literature seems to indicate he was a military leader whose followers, fearing Rome after his death, made it appear that it was a religious cult, not a military uprising, that Jesus had led.
2 lifelong dreams of mine: to outlive both Corporate Capitalism & all religions, especially Christianity.
Yes, Allison, I believe your breakdown of types is quite accurate & many comments here are appallingly ignorant & racist. The ones showing their ignorance the most are the ones who attack you for expressing your views. I'm white & I feel you were quite generous in your descriptions.
To reempower ourselves, we must STOP BUYING ANYTHING UNLESS WE ABSOLUTELY NEED IT TO SURVIVE!!! Once the money stops flowing, the rich will no longer have influence. Rationality can return.
A definition of friend I use in assessing my friendships is a friend is someone who, when you've made an ass of yourself, does not believe you've done a permanent job.
Yes, friendships are a costly investment, but the return is tenfold squared.
I've spent the last week grieving the loss of 2 best friends I'd had in my youth, especially the connections being broken by enormous distances which were hard to maintain 50 years ago when the technology was slow & expensive. Now both they & the woman of my dreams are mere memories.
I wish I'd done more assessing about becoming separated by geography.