Crushed Spirit, Cruel Bondage

gitmo_torture.jpgFrom this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Va’era:

But when Moses told this to the Israelites, they would not listen to Moses, their spirits crushed by cruel bondage. (Exodus 6:9)

This short verse offers a profound insight into the psychological/spiritual disconnect that results from physical oppression. Here is a more contemporary rendering of these effects, described by ASTT (Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma):

The effects of torture are wide-ranging, and may be multiple and long-term in nature. Physical effects may include brain damage, loss of vision or hearing, atrophy or paralysis of muscles, scarring, and injury to internal organs, including the reproductive organs. Survivors may experience chronic pain or find it difficult or impossible to undertake certain activities.

The psychological effects of torture can include major depression, anxiety, and the constellation of symptoms known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Survivors of torture and trauma may also experience feelings of shame, guilt, powerlessness or worthlessness, an inability to visualize the future, and difficulty connecting to other people…

For more information about how you can speak out against governments that currently practice the systematic crushing of spirit through cruel bondage, click here.

One thought on “Crushed Spirit, Cruel Bondage

  1. Brant,
    Thank you for your emphasis on torture and PTSD. We must all become more aware of the pervasiveness of these methods of horrific oppression and not turn the other way to avoid the disturbance it causes us to “see” and feel it’s impact.

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