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There’s a great podcast just now called Between Us it’s on iTunes and SoundCloud these casts are where a couple of psycotherapists (John Totten and Mason Neely mull over the bigger questions around life and put themselves in our shoes.
Above John Totten and Mason Neely who produce Between Us podcasts
I call them the psycho co-opertherapists…they’re kind of scientartists…living, as Judith Butler says ‘ a good life..inside the bad life template…hoping to make something better….
And it makes me think about how much we’re all in moment now where we can change the world. We’ve seen in the Grenfell Tower disaster just how “politically induced conditions in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks of support more than others, and become differentially exposed to injury, violence, and death.” (ibid)
There is no such thing as a peripheral human being.
In an economy which has evolved over the last forty years there’s a notion of core workers and peripheral workers which has informed the way companies are run and this also, through labour and conservative governments has allowed the idea that we all have a number but we are all more than a number to become a way of disconnecting people who work hard but are not in secure and pensioned, predictable employment to be seen as invisible, silent and full of drug and poverty related problems.
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What’s worse though, is that their information isn’t respected, given credit and isn’t archived in the same way as someone’s information who is respected, given credit. When a disaster happens like Grenfell…noone knows who was in there, no-one knows anything. Apparently. Yet the information exists, is there for negative purposes and reasons such as chasing them, hindering them, denying them!
You realise how arbitrary giving credit really is, how it happens and the destructive impact on life chances, survival.
In the Between Us podcasts they talk about trauma, how honesty and authenticity, acknowledging the truth of what a victim is feeling stops alienation and psychosis in its tracks.
The podcasts are good because they connect with an idea of what’s inside and what’s outside. Thinking about the inner and the outer allows us to witness so many ways daily we reach inside ourselves and out to to others to cope with the how and why we are ascribed feelings of unworthiness or worthiness. Like Help! we all need somebody
Now millions of people across the world are reaching into the Grenfell Fire we can see how absurd our class/underclass ways of making profit are and how wrong.
Realising that we can intercept dividedness, we can step into the constructed notion of public and private contrasts and social continuity by performing the the way that we are: public and private in much the way that any ‘other group’ always has over excelled, over worked but hasn’t been represented socially, economically and politically is the way how the light gets in.
Performing a new way inside our bad lives shows us the quantum mechanics of our lives, the worm holes, the port keys into ourselves and a wider universe…
Judith Butler writer and thinker describes ‘precarity’ as a “politically induced condition in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks of support more than others, and become differentially exposed to injury, violence, and death.”
This is where some people are under protected and others are over protected.
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Someone who knows a lot about the relationship between performance and social change is Jo RobinsonTOWNSEND-ROBINSON, J.K., 2003. Expressing the unspoken: hysterical performance as radical theatre Women’s Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal. 32(5), 533-557
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