It is not a good day for me, not because I cannot bear very much reality but because there are good days and bad days; even therapists have bad days. To be precise, the day is good enough: everyone in our household and further into my iPhone ‘contacts’ is well and there are currently no insoluble personal problems to face. To continue to be precise, it was a bad night. I couldn’t stop thinking about Denial and the way this Government has drip-fed its people with something that was already, in terms of the trajectory of COVID19, staring those who would look in the face. But at the beginning of the year our Government was blinded and blighted by BREXIT. We were sold!
My colleague, friend and co-author of Doctors Dissected, Dr Martin Scurr was one of the first people to talk about the dangers of ‘Normalcy’ and a ‘Tsunami’ when even senior consultants in ICU, including someone who consults me, still thought anyone who expressed anxiety was both a hypochondriac and making a ‘bit’ of a fuss. Now, we don’t only regret the dangers of normalcy Viz the imminence of the Pandemic, now there is the normalcy of Death. No, ‘Human kind cannot bear very much reality’. T.S Eliot.
This sentiment gets evoked in the challenging Bylinetimes.com link below. I did not watch the series, Chernobyl. I had read the Nobel Prize winning Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alaexievich, (an oral history of the disaster)… I’m afraid of the rain…I’m afraid of snow, of the forest. This isn’t an abstraction, a mind game, but an actual human feeling’ Two disasters; both the responsibility or hubris of mankind.