Making a Difference

Vacation takes its toll on writing although scapegoating in all its forms persist.

I’ve been thinking about the birth of  Dr. Scapegoat and the reality that he/I am just infant and learning slowly.

In child  development, the birth of an individual takes a number of years. The little light of our ego may be present from birth but merger states are mostly dominant in our psyche until we reach 2 or more. Meaning our collective identity, a family, a group, a dyad, is our earliest heritage and that stays with us as an  alternative state–unconscously, covertly and also consciously until we die. And we like  being an individual more than sharing our precious  consciousness with others.

I’ve tried to emphasize that scapegoating is not something we can do as separate  individuals. It is always a group phenomena. We participate; we are the process.  My most important learning so far is that few of us like this formulation. We resist our group participation even when we know we are complicit.  We   would rather blame an individual–either as scapegoat or scapegoater–than  accept the awesome power of  the various human groups we are and act within.

In this blog and ‘advice column’  I’ve seen over and over again, that in the pragmatic and solution oriented  world rife with problems, what matters most is what model will make a difference. Its is just  easiest for most of us to place our problems and projections into leaders, currently Putin,   Obama or the legacy of W. Or in vaporous political or ideological movements.  It seems harder to sort out the group processes as they occur between 12 people at a table, at a conference, a bar, in the various complex dances with others that hugely determines behavioral outcomes.

But that complex dance is where the action is and where I believed the changes can and will be made.

Over the past 6 months, I’ve seen over and over again that to be relevant, its up to me to show how this perspective is useful and can make a  difference.







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