Boggled is probably the wrong word. Overwhelmed, perhaps
But I wouldn’t be the first person to extend the meaning of a word.
So, I’m adding “overwhelming disbelief, outrage and sadness” to the list of causes of mind-bogglement.
Maybe it’s a defence mechanism. When the brain is overwhelmed by disbelief and sadness, it boggles. Refuses to compute. Compartmentalizes.
I can’t always be boggled, though. I have to keep up with the bad news in the world for the job I do. But I’ve reduced my news intake. No more TV news broadcasts. And only headline scanning when I am not on duty.
And far less doom scrolling on Twitter. That’s a fairly new term, I guess. But, hey, the internet is still fairly new when you consider all the years that preceded it.
My first experience with this form of bogglement came when I was 5 or 6, after I was dumped by my father into the foster care system. WTF!? But I put it in a compartment and steeled myself, even if the hurt did seep out now and then.
I’ve been trying to steel myself since Putin invaded Ukraine and rattled his nuclear dick at the western world. I voiced my outrage here in several posts.
It really boils down to this now, some four weeks or so since my last post: I still don’t get why a person like Putin who is chosen to lead a nation would choose evil over good. That’s where it boggles my mind. Why choose to be remembered as a brutal despot rather than a benevolent leader?
That Putin is mentally ill is of little doubt. But he knows what he is doing, and he is indifferent to the suffering he has caused. If he has any conscience at all, he has compartmentalized it.
I remember from my childhood a passage from the Bible about children. I got it as soon as I read it back then. It became a part of my moral code, I suppose.
“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:2-4
So I try to look at current affairs through the eyes of a child at times, and those eyes can see that the evil of Putin is unjustifiable. And they just can’t comprehend it.
It leads to other questions, which might be summed up broadly with this: How could mankind have allowed itself to get to this state of affairs?
Why isn’t the world one big, happy hippie commune? Peace and love? Anybody remember those words?
What would Jesus say about all this? Not that Putin would acknowledge Jesus. I doubt, though, that Putin could look Jesus in the eyes.
Maybe Putin didn’t get the Jesus lessons when he was a kid. And he is all the poorer in spirit for it.
Say what you will about Christianity, it’s essential message is pure and simple. We were taught as children to emulate the spirit of Jesus, a symbol of brotherly love, of innocence, of purity — if not a master of the human race.
So when you look at the world through those eyes, no single or collective evil act makes sense.
I could get metaphysical here, and talk about the duality of our nature and karma, and how we will transcend this hellish material realm some day by our spiritual development.
But that’s of little consolation to the child who doesn’t understand why man has allowed evil to exist in the first place.
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An extremely complicated question/position/statement intelligently and sensitively asked/stated Jill .
I have an overly simplistic set of answers but they’re my very own, it’s not revolutionary yet I doubt that many would really get it.
We humans, as the self described “intellectual global master race” are nothing more than the result of some statistically rendered catastrophic happenstance of nature.
As such and without teachers, we can really only learn, know and understand what we experience ourselves.
We are a very young race that has not yet had the time to experience all it needs to know to fully understand what it is we really need.
I think we have developed a sense of what we do want and how we should act. I’m very certain we don’t know yet how how to achieve that.
Religion cannot teach us what we need, it does not know.
Politicians cannot teach us, they are us! They only want to have what they as individuals want.
History has something valid to say but we need to learn to listen.
I’m confident will learn, we just need more time. I have confidence that our innate over riding imperative for survival will lead us.
We may need a leader? I’m not yet sure!
What do you think?
….. humanity has so many lessons to learn, understand, accept and apply.
While I’m confident we’ll get there I’m also confident we’ll have some setbacks and bumps in the long and winding road
I was heartened to read an excerpt from The Pope’s speech from yesterday where he called out Putins war as a “macabre regression of humanity”.
I don’t do G*D but maybe I will respect this pope !
Putin is not immoral, he is amoral. To be truly amoral is a kind of freedom most of us will never understand. You are limited only by what is practical.
Putin did exactly what he said he’d do. The west was deceived by its own wishes. The wall fell, the USSR was no more, and we can forget about all that cold war nastiness. We wanted it so bad we slipped into complacency. When the monster started taking victims here and there we averted our eyes because the truth was painful. Humans will pay almost any price to avoid uncomfortable truths.
You can see many other uncomfortable truths being ignored in the world today. It isn’t until there are corpses piled up by the front door that we accept the the crisis is upon us.