Thursday, February 12, 2015

2024 Stutters

It's difficult to not hate the man and not just because of his accomplishments, but because of these lines in the beginning of his book (that relate to when he was 20 years old or so):

... that's where I met Steve Bright, the director of SPDC, ... Steve was in his mid-thirties and had a passion and certainty that seemed the direct opposite of my ambivalence. ... He showed none of the disconnect between what he did and what he believed that I'd seen in so many of my law professors. --- p.5, Just Mercy
This ``disconnect" is what I sensed when I was forty something!

 What's bothering me the most is that I ``know'' a lot, I understand human psyche a lot better than almost every person, dead or alive, whom I have met in my life, but this ``knowing'' ... it's mostly intellectual. That's the problem, you see, as I need time for all this to sink deep. Only if I could survive the next 9-10 years, by the end of 2024, then, I will have been in a very different position. I'll be 55; I will not have achieved things that he has done now (he is 55) but ... I will be something different, something bright and shiny and powerful and formidable, a force! :)

I will be back in Iran, back to my birth place, Kerman, or my dad's, Mahan (a small town in the outskirts of Kerman). I will be a social reformist figure, not a mayor or governor, but with a similar level of influence. Most importantly, I will perfect the ``art of listening'' and take it to new heights still unknown to human kind!

What is the ``art of listening''?

Alan Robinowitch (link) has written the story of his childhood, in the children book, ``A boy and a Jaguar'' (link), as a stutterer [Wiki: In grade school, he was placed in a special education class due to a severe stutter; which often caused his body to twist and spasm when attempting to speak] who could, nevertheless, talk fluently to animals. Is ``stutter'' a problem of the speaker or the listener? Could it be that the internal listener, the one residing inside a stutterer, is judgemental and violent, and yet repressed, and fights the oppressor,  the conscious mind, with its own body? Voices inside us need, and fight constantly for, recognition and respect, and yet, most of them, most of the time, suffer from serious stuttering because we have not developed necessary listening skills. Stuttering voices, unheard and disrespected, make us, our bodies, twist and spasm and ultimately drive us into anger, resentment, depression and anxiety. Prevalent violence, often hidden in plain sight, is the reaction of all stuttering voices, inside every one of us, that strive to be heard and respected.

``Art of listening'' is the ultimate remedy of our most fundamental social problem: alienation and violence!

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