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It would appear, as the #MeToo whirlwind of dark truths and ugly realities has come to surface; yet another large segment of U.S. society has felt the shockwaves of this very disheartening reality women must faec in their daily lives and existence.
Since the beginning of last year (2017), there has been a huge backlash against such organizations as U.S. Gymnastics, the United States Olympics Committee, Michigan State University (USOC), Twistars, and a host of other (yet smaller) organizations. The reason? Well, they all share one commonality that will likely shock the wider world at large.
The point is: all of these organizations share one horrible denominator. The people in lead-roles all CONSCIOUSLY maintained their silence in the wake of a 30+ year scandal(s) involving some of these people in positions of authority. Some of these people had (and recently have) sexually abused more than 100 women AND girls involved with U.S. Gymnastics. All of this under the guise of these people being called “doctors” and “coaches”. Of course, they were trained in their discipline. But they were also predators and child molesters who enjoyed the status given upon them. You see, when you have no-one to answer to; then absolute power exists. And where absolute power exists; there is absolute corruption.
I remember when I first heard about this shocking news, I was completely disgusted by what I had read. Not one to be unfamiliar to corrupt work environments, this breaking news of such famed gymnasts as Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and Simone Biles; rightly accusing soon-to-be imprisoned (for a duration of a lifetime, through 2 different sentencing’s combined) Sports Doctor, Larry Nassar.
I felt sick as I watched Aly Raisman give her official testimony to this trial. I was disgusted and completely shaken to hear the obstacles that these women and girls endured through. Mind you, most of the victims endured through the sexual assault of Larry Nassar when they were minors. Mere girls who had aspirations and dreams of making it big in the gymnastics world. To think of all of the hours of practice they must have put into this sport; to think of all the sacrifices they made in order to get to where they landed; it’s completely nauseating to know that such renowned and classically trained girls and women could be subjected to such nasty and grotesque behavior on the part of their doctor and coaches.
It makes one realize just how dire our situations have become as of late. We are truly living through a time of revelations and truths being uncovered at long-last. To know the dark secrets and mysteries of the “upper-echelons” of our society, and in doing so; to also know the otherwise unheard horror stories of such predators abusing their positions of power, is quite unnerving altogether.
I can only remorse and feel sorrow for these poor young women as I realize that our society has failed them; immensely. To know that they once had to sit in silence and know the truths that they knew of; is so disorienting that I often feel sick just thinking of the pains and ills these human beings had to go through.
Looking back now, I have come to the awesome-realization that this is a moment of true history-in-the-making. This goes beyond the #MeToo movement. This is about a movement towards the betterment of human treatment of women, and moreover, of better treatment for all humans. The unique thing about this movement, is that women (throughout history) have often times led some of the world’s greatest transformative phases. Both men and women, when united together as a front, can certainly make a difference if they allow themselves to organize properly and make their points concise and clear such as how Aly Raisman did in her testimony.
To say I’ve been re-inspired to the movement of absolute truth is a vast understatement. Though our situations may seem helpless in the face of such obstacles and adversity; it’s still exciting nevertheless to be reminded of the true importance and meaning of our collective lives.
It’s one thing to know corruption exists in places of high-authority and high-pressure; but it is quite another thing to realize that these poor women and girls had to endure through such sick and twisted sexual assault and conduct.
This is such a serious issue, that I’m surprised I had just recently discovered about this issue only a couple of days ago. I feel as though we, the people, have been deceived yet once again by the powers-that-be. There are times when I often wonder what life for these women and girls would have been like if they never entered the sport of gymnastics in the first place. Would they lead lives of simplicity? Or, would they find even more immense suffering as is prone to those who aren’t famous or in positions of power? Yet again, due to the fact that they’ve lived such successful lives; they’ve likely endured through more suffering than the average person in society. It’s all very surreal and subjective to the individual person’s perception of their own pains and ills.
I could go on about this issue for days and weeks; deciphering and analyzing the power-corruption doctor Larry Nassar, the coaches, and even the officials who held oversight over the activities of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team throughout countless generations of Olympic games. But the fact of the matter is that we as a society continue to accept such extreme cases of abuse that are far-flung from any normal sense of what the human experience is like. It’s so incredibly mind-boggling to me, and the more I think about this issue, the more I begin to rationalize the truth of our collective existence.
Money is the answer.
Only money (and the status that comes with it) could allow grown-ass adults to abuse their power. Money and our perceived status of where we stand in the “world” are the only two things that could allow for such atrocities to occur. For such predators to prey on the weak, to take advantage of innocence, and to exploit human talent. Money and status are the two single most defining forces in our collective societies. Conclusively; I’m not stating that I have any idea how this world-spread problem can be fixed; but what I am doing is acknowledging that we will always have a problem with “powerful” human beings utilizing their powers in sick and wicked ways.
For better and for worse, we will yet have to shift through similar news stories with the same gut-wrenching feeling of disgust and utter denial. For you and I, and all of the millions of other Americans, are merely seen as “units” or “cogs” in the “machine” of our corporate-run nation.
What helps me through each and every day, is the old pledge of allegiance my schools would have us, the students, recite. It went something like this: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In times of darkness, this very pledge has come back to me through countless nights of restless waking nights and unnerving nightmares full of condemning reality. As I realize my options in the future may very well be one of a bleak existence; I realize that my worth stems not from any form of occupation; but stems from my ability to learn new trades; new crafts, and to better myself as an individual rather than just another employee to a corporation.
Forever in Your Debt,