“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – C.G. Jung
I really resonate with this; thanks for sharing. The Trickey definition reminds me of what I heard from a friend: "something that happened in the past that makes it difficult to accurately perceive the present." I also reflected recently on this moment and exploring belonging through the lens of trauma; here if of interest: https://citizenstout.substack.com/p/lead-from-the-scar-not-the-wound
thanks for your ongoing work; i'm sorry for the amount of trauma in your personal spheres, in the country, and worldwide. there's detailed research and excellent resources about democratic forms for governance, including more case studies on representative citizens' assemblies, at http://www.co-intelligence.org/Features.html --such practices help with a sense of "meaning-making."
Very thought-provoking essay this week. The idea that this globally traumatic time will result in some rethinking and remodeling politics, government, and society feels like the best kind of silver lining; there's a cautious optimism about it becoming a reality. I just hope that people (as a society and individually) aren't too broken and weary to spearhead these changes. Because for that scale of societal reconfiguration, widespread effort, patience, and resilience will ask be necessary.