Able to Speak and Allowed to Exist

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

“When we are told that something is not to be spoken about, we understand this to mean that this something should not exist — should not, cannot, must not, does not exit. In that moment, our reality and, consequently , our lives are distorted; they become shameful and diminished. in some way, we understand this to mean that we should not exist. To protect ourselves, we, too, begin to speak only of the flat world where everything is safe, commonplace, and agreeable, the very small world about which we can all have consensus. Soon we don’t see the other worlds we once saw, for it is difficult to see what is forbidden to name.

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Deprived of the knowledge of our true history, our country withers, just as without a personal history, there can be no self.

Without access to language, without the right to speak what we must speak, the self disappears. Access to the word is essential to both political freedom and one’s inner reality. To be able to speak is not only a political but a psychological right.”

-Deena Metzger Writing for your Life pp. 32-33

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