That this timely, straightforward article would give us all pause and deepen empathy.
"When looking at a spider’s web can you point to the 8th spun web, or the 108th? There are those who claim this astounding ability — those who take full credit for crafting, spin by spin, a better life than ours, a life without aid. If you had help paying for college, if someone bought you your first car, if you had health insurance growing up, if your mom never cried over $17, you were lucky. The Hail Mary toss of birth landed you in a family that could put you on a soccer team and buy cleats as your foot grew. And someone was home to help you with your math and give you a gummy vitamin each morning. That’s called aid, by the way. And not all kids get it, but all kids should."
Resilience is much like a muscle, needing exertion and some stress to stave off atrophy. Our present heightened awareness of all things triggering and potentially harmful is completely, utterly well intentioned. And could have some unintended consequences.
While living in Buenos Aires, I was fortunate to be trusted with friends and colleagues accounts of life under the military junta in the 70s and 80s. This amazing and heartbreaking account offers another glimpse into those terrifying, dark years.