Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State

Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State

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In 2011, my family was in a major car accident. We were hit head-on by a man in the throes of a heart attack. It took three years to recover from our injuries, and a couple more to deal with the aftereffects of trauma. When I finally returned to the world -- as father and husband, friend and brother, writer and citizen -- it became clear that our society was in its own traumatized state -- reeling from the string of police shootings of unarmed African Americans, stunned by yet one more mass shooting. The people around me were displaying all the signs of PTSD -- jumpiness, irritability, numbness -- and, concordantly, my interactions out in daily life were becoming more dysfunctional, at times downright hostile. Us against them. Red vs. blue. Black vs. white. Rich vs. poor. That we were living in a progressive town inside a conservative county in the Mountain South only made things more volatile. I decided that if we were all living in a fractured society no longer recognizable, then it was up to me to re-engage in it. I would enter into encounters with people as conscious as possible of the potential divides and misunderstandings between us. I started with my neighborhood and town, then moved out into the counties around us, then traveled further out into the country. My goal: to connect.



Author: Sebastian Matthews
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Published: 08/24/2020
Pages: 152
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 7.90h x 4.80w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781597094368