How were any of us surprised by the bullying report into the toxic culture within Parliament?
Look at how the State treats the weakest in society. Look at prisoners double bunked with serial sex offenders. Look at how new born babies are up lifted from their mothers at birth. Look at how almost every state agency spies on citizens.
There are No surprises to me that bullying is rife within Parliament, because there is an unresolved hurt and pain in us as a people that permeates our entire culture.
Look at our suicide rates, our domestic violence rates, our depression rates, our loneliness rates. There’s something hurt and unresolved in being a NZer that’s never acknowledged.
We think our ‘she’ll be right’ attitude is a casual laid back view of life when really it’s the uncertain posture of an insecure culture.
Maybe it’s the wound between colonizer and colonized? Maybe the 30 year cultural political and economic experiment of neoliberalism that’s promoted individualism and cut throat competition.
Or maybe, because we have one if the highest percentages of children growing up in single parent homes in the OECD, we’re a nation of children raised without fathers – maybe that’s why we have this unresolved pain as a people?
We never take the time to explore our hurt as a people and that’s why the cycle of abuse and abuser repeats over and over again.
In short I’m not surprised by this report of a toxic bulling culture within Parliament, only our surprise at being surprised.