The assistant took the paper wipe from my hand and, to this day I remember this most clearly. She said, “Don’t worry, there’s somebody here at all times. She won’t be alone. And we never turn the lights out, so she won’t be in the dark.”
The problem with Trigger Warnings is that they often exacerbate the pain than they seek to protect us from. They also propose a world where healing from many different traumas is homogenised into a synthetic mass agreement on what constitutes pain, damage, confrontation or peace. The synthesis is too simplistic and is in fact more demagogic than pedagogic: it speaks to a mass lie of consensus rather than enabling people to learn their way through their horrors.
“God’s appointed time of death trumps everything.” So says, Tabernacle Church of God Pastor Andrew Hamblin. That’s the genius of faith. It is an ironclad, self-affirming, circular logic. The kind of logic that lead physicist Niels Bohr to state: “You’re not thinking; you’re just being logical.” Gambling made his statement as members of the (breathe …