In order to find the power to overcome the darkness and shame, in a culture so filled with fear and so prone to shaming itself and blaming others, it is necessary to reach out and connect with a world where EVERYONE has been wounded. Wounded, yet unable to admit to the shame. So that we have a world of warring factions--Western countries and leaders FAR from exempt--who go on the defensive in order to "protect self" from having to face the sense of vulnerability that connects us all in a deep, unacknowledged fault line that seems to be invisible to the vast majority on our planet.
I'm wondering if the current world economic crisis may be giving us an opportunity to see that fault line and address it in new ways. If only we'll learn to deal with the collective shame.