Bitterness, one of its forms

Bitterness, and the sweeping generalisations that spring forth from it can be understood as an unconscious response rooted in a person’s particular traumatic experience and a broader sense of powerlessness in life. The language of polarisation, of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is in reality a pitiful, inarticulate mode of convenient passive aggression. Still this means of channeling bitterness, this sense of inertia/impotence reveals something more profound about the human condition, fundamentally it reflects unconsciousness.

That is to say a soul that has never truly questioned itself, a person who makes a home in their sufferings and powerlessness, who is consoled by their condition, they cannot abstain from crushing others with their tongues, from killing the beautiful complexity of life which will always defy their categorisations, their essentialisations which they make in one fell swoop.

They are yet to actually engage in self-reflection, they have never become a question to themselves, merely existing…not yet born. One is truly born and (hence truly alive or conscious) in self-reflection, when one can properly refer to oneself, maturely, one’s actions, one’s past, one’s course in life, only then can you truly refer to others, and empathise with their unique, divergent experiences, without this we will are relegated to a bestial, cold mode of reference.


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