It's Sunita here.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are now commonly talked about in our society. But I feel that there is more progress to be made in how we approach these conversations.
We are often sick but don't always know that.
We can't recognize our own impairment.
We will, in my opinion have to treat society as the patient because I don't see a sweeping transformation happening to reduce the occurrence, severity and widespread nature of this trauma.
Instead, I believe we will need incremental changes to our understanding of the origin of this trauma that will lead to systemic healing.
Otherwise we will continue to have a dialog in which there is only a perpetrator-victim narrative.
I am not at all suggesting that adults should not be accountable for causing harm to children (in most cases it's their own offspring who they harm.) But I believe we need to look beyond a generation, two or more to understand how someone came to be a 'perpetrator'.
As a culture we must become more capable of making the difficult choice of talking about trauma in a way that is honest, compassionate and transformational.
Then we must continue to find and devote the resources for the systemic changes we need to make to stop this blight of our times from taking us down as a society.
How does one narrate attachment trauma and ACEs from the inside out?
This what I think of in my waking and non waking hours.
Until next time,
Photo above- My first day of grade 1- Lethbridge, Alberta
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