The Importance of Context 

We all have moments when we judge without thinking. Well, you might not but definitely do. Generally on small stupid things for me. The big things I think about a bit more. 

Especially about the context. 

Like, yesterday there was a series of fights on the road behind my school in the evening. The media instantly used our school as the selling point, strongly implying that in some way our school, and all of its students and staff were responsible. Shaking my head, still in disbelief. 

I cannot stop judging the media, harassing kids as they walked through the gates this morning. No responsibility accepted for printing non factual information, never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Pfft. 

However, their context is that they need to satisfy the media bureaucracy and the truth rarely makes as good a story. 

Moving on Tina (my anger and frustration is still palpable). 

The events of the last twenty four hours have really impressed upon me the importance of understanding context. It is easy to judge from the surface. But it is infinitely more important to understand, and when understanding happens, judgement can’t. I think this could be the way to peace. 

It has been for me. 

Throughout my childhood I witnessed a lot of behaviour from damaged people. It impacted deeply. To heal I needed to discover the context behind the damage, and once I did, I was able to forgive (it was a process). 

I am fiercely protective of Campbelltown, my school, that community and my kids. I dislike when people not from the area judge it mercilessly. Ignorance in this case is not bliss, it’s just ignorance. And the worst kind. It implies that there are layers of society, and ultimately, the only difference comes down to how well we hide the damage and broken souls that inhabit society. 

I like that it isn’t hidden in Campbelltown. As Dr Phil says, you can’t fix what you don’t acknowledge. We own our damage and we work tirelessly to heal the community from it. And as a result, we are better for it. 

We were attacked unjustifiably by the media which has caused a negative perception in the community. All I ask is that we all, always, try to understand the context. 
PS. I apologise for the scattered nature of this post. Probably need to process the day more. 

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