Sociopaths and narcissists justify their offenses against other living beings through objectification and a deeply seeded sense of entitlement rooted in unresolved trauma. For instance, Jeffrey Epstein compared the girls he abused to bagels, leading me to wonder: What happened to Jeffery and all his bagel molesting friends?
It’s worth reading this Atlantic article as it explains how white western patriarchal capitalist societies systematically objectify, dehumanize and disempower females as part of maintaining white male dominance.
Dr. Tressie Cottom talks about a parallel process specific to black girls in her book Thick, which I highly recommend. The less valuable we’re seen in societal ranking, the more disposable we become.
Powerlessness and abuse go hand in hand; this is true across race and socioeconomic status, although western capitalism seems to have produced a special brand of barbarism. As to whether we’ve become more abusive, sick, twisted, depraved since the original fall, god only knows.
According data on various health disparities and human atrocities over the centuries, I’m inclined to believe we simply find new ways of hurting ourselves and each other to cope with the existential pain of being separated from divine love. In this moment in time we’re recognizing the previously silent victims of an epidemic of sexual abuse but essentially, there’s nothing new under the fiery ball of the sun.
Western capitalism fuels powerlessness, worthlessness, enraged helplessness, entitlement, infantilization and a buffet of profitable addictions. I’ll explain how some other time. In the case of sex crimes, women, as the article states, become accomplices in the abuse and exploitation of other women and girls as a function of survival. Pardon me Madame. Human trafficking is modern day cannibolism. Or, as mother says, It’s a dog eat dog world and some days you’re wearing the Milk Bone underpants.
Throw some inter-generational trauma in the mix and now it’s a real party. Chex Mix? No thanks. I’m nauseous.
“These are the people whose lives and whose dignity Epstein was mocking when he compared his crimes to the stealing of a bagel. Epstein took refuge in a culture that revolves, still, around the whims of the wealthy and the straight and the male.”-Megan Garber, The Atlantic
The whole sad game of man’s world can be explained in two books: Pimp by Iceberg Slim, “Why did Justice really always wear a blindfold? I knew now. It was because the cunning bitch had dollar signs for eyeballs.”, and The Social Contract by Rousseau “It is easier to conquer than to administer. With enough leverage, a finger could overturn the world; but to support the world, one must have the shoulders of Hercules.”
The alternative is Enlightenment. Happy meditating.
ps: Just home from an amazing ten day vacation. This post is my first deep thought in almost two weeks. It was so good to unplug and play. After a full day of laundry and jet lag, I’m itching to write!