Sensitivity

Today I finished watching the Jeffrey Epstein documentary. It’s astonishing what people can get away with for so long. I’m relieved that our culture is beginning to become more aware of the injustices so many have endured for centuries. If the Me Too movement wouldn’t have happened, Epstein would probably still be at it with all of his enablers keeping him in business.

Now I want to watch the Audrie and Daisy documentary. I’ve been reading up on sexual abuse this week as well. I have so many tabs pulled up on the computer. Next, I’ll check out books from the library. I want to get as close to the truth as I can about the boundaries surrounding sex and abuse. I believe people are full of erroneous opinions and ideas, I don’t want to be one of those people, so I’m educating myself even more.

It’s not an easy subject, but I’ve witnessed the devastating impact on people during my time as a psychiatric nurse and I want to know more so maybe I can be more sensitive, have a greater understanding so I can help if possible. So I will not contribute to the cycle of harm by my ignorance. I’ll know what to look out for and be able to intervene, speak up or help someone else and advocate for those who can not do so for themselves, like children.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how people spread harmful information like the pandemic is a hoax, saying masks don’t work, or the woo wooers who say if you eat right, exercise and keep a high vibe you won’t get the virus plus all of the conspiracy theories and advocating treatments that have no evidence-based truth. How many people have died because they believed all of the false information? How many people are harmed by the spread of false information and ideas that promote harm under the guise of helping? What is our ethical responsibility? Do we stand by and watch it happen or do we speak up and try to get false information taken down so it won’t contribute to the harm of others?

Free speech does have some limits under federal law though, and in private spaces, the owners have control over what’s allowed so for example Facebook could take down posts that contribute to harm. I think that would be the responsible thing to do, but that’s a lot of information to filter, not an easy task, so there’s so much harmful information out there and unfortunately, it influences people and many are harmed because of it.

Science and data provide evidenced-based information that has been proven, so why do people shun reliable information for stuff that’s mostly made up of opinions and false ideas/beliefs? It’s bizarre to me so I spend time reading about the psychology of it all and I want to try and understand as much as possible. It helps ease my frustration, lol.

So that’s been my week so far, fun, heh.

Tonight’s a short post, I’ve been doing my PT ocular vestibular exercises and I’m extra wobbled, I’ve got one more set left to do, woo. If you were a fly on the wall you’d be puzzled by what you’d see me doing, lol.

Michelle Miyagi
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