Blaming the sufferer, being unwilling to empathize……
The following is from a series of musings on trauma, memory, community, and place. The introduction to the series and beginning essay [link] explains the purpose of this month of entries.
I remember after the July War in 2006 I was back in the States visiting.
I imagined it might be cathartic to talk to friends and family face-to-face about what happened during that month.
Maybe communicate in some small way what it was like.
Except I came up against people’s preconceptions.
Their expectations; their mythologies; their quite emphatic need to not know.
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