On Brokenness

Look to the Soul

What is brokenness except the absence of wholeness?

But when you break a whole apart, each piece is, in itself, another whole.

Science teaches us that—that no matter how many times you break something apart, you find another whole.

So what exactly does that mean in terms of humanity?

Because when you take a child out of its family, he might not remain whole in terms of integrity.  But then being part of a whole family that is corrupt might compromise the integrity of any of its parts. 

But, again, maybe not.

Saints come out of cruelty.
Bastards come out of harmony.

Sanity comes out of chaos.
And destruction comes out of love.

The problem with the psychological model is that it tries very hard to make complete pictures out of the pieces.  To create a wholeness out of the brokenness.

But pieces of people don’t add up in consistent ways.

We are not like a vase that has fallen on the floor: if we find all the pieces we can glue it back together and we will see the same overall shape we saw before it fell and broke apart.

We don’t work that way.

Sometimes an experience of brokenness becomes an opportunity for growth.

It’s because we have souls.

We can transform pain and anguish into understanding.  Or we can reduce a cruelty into bitterness and resentment.

And that is what shapes our lives.

That analysts do not understand soul structure and how a soul affects the way we live, the way we respond to trauma keeps our culture stuck in ego-mania and the illusion that we are in control of our lives when the truth is, we are barely hanging on to them with our fingertips.

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