When we afraid everything around us looms large and chaotic.
Lately though it seems that fear has become the norm and we are living in a perpetual state of emergency.
Perhaps it has always been this way but I am noticing something else at work that needs questioning.
Emergencies Are Not Innocent
Emergencies have become a way of life for many of us.
Notice our entertainment. They are mostly about emergencies. Whether depicting our health care system, focusing on national security, or relationships, many of our movies and television entertainments are based on the idea that life is an emergency.
Of course, we have some emergencies – some of the time.
However, I think we need to ask why emergencies have become the norm for our lives. It seems to me that we have been suffering from emergency creep for a long time, and now emergencies have reached a critical mass to the point that we may not recognize life without them.
Emergencies are not innocent. They take huge amounts of energy and resources. When they occur, they replace any other priorities. A continual state of emergency is a great way to control the social and even political agenda of a family, community and society.
The Consequences Of Emergencies
When an emergency is over we are often poorer for it.
If we have a hospital emergency we certainly understand the enormity of the bill, even if paid by our insurer.
When we have major storms, it is obvious how much damage is done to the physical plant of a community but also how disruptive of the ives of the people affected it is.
It takes no imagination to grasp the horrendous losses created by wars.
Occasional major emergencies create small disruptions.
Large and continuous emergencies do much more:
- they make it impossible to plan. What is the point of planning anything if those plans will be destroyed by the next emergency.
- they create a situation where people lose planning and life creating skills.
- they consume resources that would be allocated differently without the emergency. Sometime they even take basic necessities. When you are taking care of an emergency, you may need to neglect rest and healthy food. If you do so as part of an emergency lifestyle, then you will end up sick and become an emergency yourself.
- as people who have studied evolutional psychology will tell you, war stops all growth. So if you want to keep a people down, start a war or other major emergency. They keep people from thinking beyond surviving for the day – day in and day out..
- they consume everything around them. The giant sucking sound that we have been hearing for a long time is the sound of emergencies taking over our lives.
Emergencies And Highly Sensitive People
Emergencies can be particularly damaging for highly sensitive people. Not only are they intense and overstimulating situations, but they are exceptionally harmful as a lifestyle.
Highly sensitive people are unlikely to make emergencies their chosen way of life because:
- the continual adrenaline rush is very damaging to us.
- we already suffer from stress. Emergencies are stressful situations on steroids.
- it feels like a superficial way of living
- emergencies do not bring out the best in us.
- stress is so debilitating that we will not be able to work in a constant state of emergency
- they do not use our best attributes: our intuition, insights, wisdom and creativity.
- we cannot sustain them.
- we do not want to sustain them
It is unfortunate the degree to which emergencies dominate our lives.
Highly sensitive people cannot afford the effects of continual crises. They are damaging in too many ways.
HSP’s are wise to notice emergency creep and work to minimize it in their lives.