I am writing to anyone who cannot begin to understand why she or he has done what he or she has just done. Why has she overreacted? Why has he shut down? I am writing for anyone who has trouble connecting to and focusing on the sounds and the sights of the immediate world. I am writing to anyone who has a repeated involuntary movement of muscles- the muscles that produce shudders, or the muscles of the face, the ones around the joints... I am writing to anyone who has trouble making eye contact-especially, but not exclusively, children.
What do I have to say? How about that we are not out of our minds, even though we may be treated for problems of the mind. Shudders, difficulty in attending and focusing, distance from the rest of the world- all of these may be traceable to experiences of being over-powered. I say may be traceable. I may well be wrong, but it is worth looking into.
I am writing to anyone who has been over-powered by means of physical force or by means of gestures and/or words coming from an assigned position of power-over. I am writing to anyone who is conscious of such a chapter in his or her life story. I am writing to anyone who has no consciousness of such a chapter in her or his life story. I am writing to anyone who believes that that painful time can be over-come by means of mind exercises. I am writing to anyone who believes that she or he has overcome the effects of power-over. I am writing to anyone who has been told that words and gestures coming from assigned power-over are false and will pass away on their own. I am writing to anyone who has ever told anyone that that statement is true.
I am writing to anyone who has ever heard that precious saying about sticks and stones.
I am writing to the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, who define shame as