I fear a resurgence of the Hays Code, only this time officially designating what is or is not appropriate in theatre rather than motion pictures.
The word “trigger” is so abused at this point, I wonder if it has become a lazy excuse to ignore what is “triggering” rather than facing it, acknowledging it, talking about it, trying to discover why it shifts something so negatively within a person or persons, and then finding resolutions that could or will remove the power of that which “triggers.”
Ignoring it won’t make it go away. Burying it will only leave it to be unearthed later, ten times more powerful because it will have no context of understanding. Chances to learn about it and ourselves in connection to it will possibly have passed. The “trigger,” when it unearths itself, will be perceived as evil. It will have been given that power by those who hid from it, sent it to a premature grave, and declined to discuss it realistically.
This caution, this bleeding sensitivity that is stopping so many from facing each other. Facing ourselves. Truthfully. And admitting we have fear while finding the will to conquer it responsibly. It is damaging us so deeply. Conversations about it every day. Such rage and fury from everyone but no effort to find answers. No effort to understand.