Taboos and Lies
I've been thinking about the things we don't talk about (in the USA). We can talk about many things here. There are no rules forbidding it. But even here, some of these subjects are hot potatoes. And if there is an official story, parts of it are likely to be defended. It is as if we live lies, which must not be challenged.
Some of the things we don't talk about are the questioning of what really happened on 9/11, though few people believe the official story is the truth, and all of the truth.
JFK's assassination is another one, though there have been several books published questioning the official story about that.
We don't talk about the 2000 election. It is mentioned in "lefty" circles, but rarely elsewhere. Despite the obvious election fraud and election rigging this year, people go silent if one mentions it. And that includes some former Bernie supporters. It's not okay to talk about that. We are all still supposed to pretend it didn't/hasn't happened. And that is even with people who get their news from supposedly lefty sources.
We do not talk about serious mental illness except in a very superficial way. Yet many of us have a relative somewhere in our extended family with a serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bi-polar or severe depression. One of my cousins was murdered by his mentally ill son several years ago, and still not one of the relatives on that side of the family will say that word. What about in your circle of family and friends? How can we figure out the right ways to help and make that help available if we can't even admit there is a problem?
Homelessness. We don't ask why there are so many homeless people, with the numbers growing. What the police is doing to them, where they are camping--those are talked about. How many people, in our society at large, even knows who they are--that they are families, some of whom used to be middle class, that many of the homeless are veterans. And of course, some are people with a mental illness. Mention any of these things, and you'll get silence again, and then a change of subject.
Another taboo is racism. That is discussed only superficially, for the most part. And it may be that in some circles, that subject is discussed in more depth. Obviously people of color live it every hour of every day. My close extended family is fairly diverse on both sides. And still we don't talk about racism. What about your family? People ever talk about their attitudes, the things they have learned that changed some attitudes?
How many people know that when the human genome was mapped, there was not one thing in the genome that distinguished Asians from African Americans, from Caucasians, from First Nation peoples?
These are a few of the unspoken taboos I am aware of. There are probably others. And I'm not prepared to defend this list. Other people will have a different perspective. We are influenced to some extent by the media. It has been used to limit what we know and shape what we think for a lot of years. I believe it is important to consider that and to discuss the things we aren't supposed to talk about.
I am not a writer or a deep thinker, don't even pretend to be one. This has been on my mind, and I wondered if this is a subject some people here might have mused over also.