Diversity and its threads is not a walk in a pastoral park. Diversity and its Literacy requires leaning into the discomfort of addressing insidious and painful social pathologies. Truth Serum provides lenses by which to identify specimens of socially engendered -isms, phobias and the social agencies that teach such constructs.
Truth Serum examines the ideology of oppression and its trauma.
Oppression is man-made, constructed, marketed and brought to fruition with cataclysmic results. The numbers of human beings suffering needless trauma, cultural ruptures, obliterated identities and the loss of innocent lives is overwhelming.
As painful as it may be at times, our humanity requires for each of us to affirm our dedication that oppression will not be left unexamined on behalf of every born child and those yet to be.
Truth Serum makes available critical lenses exposing past and present oppression, countering falsehoods, providing antidotes by which to resist the contamination of -isms and phobias.
A would-be autocrat requires absolute blind faith and loyalty.
This is the antithesis of what citizens expect from a Democracy and its leaders.
So why does a segment of America, said to be debatably 18%, believe in the insidious anti-democratic ideology known as Trumpism?
Is it a matter of absolute blind-faith or a matter of an inherited identity based on the legacy of learned predispositions and delusions of superiority, supremacy and extremism?
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are.”
Autocratic regimes leave ashes behind – a legacy of multigenerational trauma – followed by the sorrowful reality of the needlessness of lives altered and lost – with generations left behind to pick up the pieces.
For what? The result of pathological damaged egos pursuing manic delusions of achieving absolute superiority, power and its control.
American Democracy has never been on auto-pilot and taking it for granted allows for insidious autocratic forces to displace the core principles and quality of life provided living in a Democracy.
So what are the differences between an Autocracy and Democracy?
Do we realize what is at stake – at risk?
Do we have a choice?
Is it just about a candidate, political party, gas prices, the economy and/or contrived social-cultural distractions?
“How do I love thee . . . let me count the ways . . . ”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861
“How do I hate thee . . . let us count the ways . . . ”
Gun Violence, Domestic Terrorists, White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, Facists, Hate Groups (2023)
One lettered with pen in hand – the other with guns.
Each is a choice – both taught and learned.
Gen Zers unapologetically answering the call.
We now have a name for it – Separátocide – The forced separation of children from parent(s) and the caging of children.
The horrific images of traumatized children being separated and imprisoned in cages left many Americans shocked and empty – beyond sorrow.
Citizens began to recognize the politicized fraudulent ideology of the past . . . “solving the immigrant question”.
No, it was not the 1940s but America in the 21st Century.
Immigration is often thought of as a collective noun.
On the contrary, each immigrant is an individual and comes to America for a plethora of different reasons.
Most often to enhance the quality of their lives and in turn the lives of others.
“Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too. My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”
~ President Obama, November 20, 2014