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The Void

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Ari Linton

on 5 December 2015

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Transcript of The Void

What is it? It's hard to say.
The void is a space between things. It's an un-formed place, it's a disconnected place
Is a coping strategy that allows us to hold opposite, unintegrated views
Sometimes our best defense against trauma is separation
This is a common response to trauma. When something happens that is too much to bear...
Mass Incarceration
Repression and denial of the history of slavery in the US, and of ongoing injustice and racial violence.
Somtimes it appears when everything is falling apart.
R.D. Laing describes this as,
“psychical withdrawal ‘into’ one’s self and ‘out of’ the body (1969).
Dissociation that manifests as disconnect from the self
Dissociation that manifests as
disconnect from the world
For example: a single story, dualistic thinking, notions of good and bad, black and white.
Splitting allows us to make sense of the senseless
and to tolerate the intolerable
I think our dominant story is a kind of prison. It's a story of separation- from one another, from nature, and ultimately even from ourselves. -Peter Senge
"checked out"
"out of it"
Sometimes it's there by design
"Can't remember"
"i dont know"
Connection and Disconnection
Such a person is not able to experience himself ‘together with’ others or ‘at home in’ the world, but, on the contrary, he experiences himself in despairing aloneness and isolation; moreover, he does not experience himself as a complete person but rather as ‘split’ in various ways, perhaps as a mind more or less tenuously linked to a body, as two or more selves, and so on (Laing, 1969, pg. 17).
What if we use this language to describe a social phenomenon? How about a corporation?
Social stigma/ the domnant story: A system of control that keeps painful truths hidden by putting physical and psychological walls between "us" and "them".
“The harm done by social silence is more than interpersonal. The silence- driven by stigma and fear of shame- results in a repression of public thought, a collective denial of lived experience”
“Narratives of dissociation again and again deny and split off anything new, unexpected, or ‘unnatural’ that has occurred” (p. 142). They describe our participation in this large-scale splitting as bystanding- it is a mechanism that allows us to turn away as terrible things happen right in front of us, “Bystanding has generated crises of overlooking, of not focusing, of abnegating deep seeing, where many have become blind to webs of interdependence. One attempts to live in a world without seeing it clearly” (2010, pg 76).
The void
Moving towards the emptiness
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