artistic graphic image representing cognitive dissonance

Victim Blaming, Dissonance, and Human Division

As visitors and onlookers, we know
yet disregard ourselves . . . our power
(speaking of general tendencies)

Don’t take it personally, you may be
empathetic variety, rare bird
you may be resistant to persuasion

We know: “do not feed” monkeys in a zoo
lest we create a scuffle amongst them
lest we feed an unnatural need

Oh, we expect anyone’s defenses
organically protect them in duress
we then work out the timing of events

We still shift blame to victims of ill will
be it passive be it aggression
we isolate victims to their peril

We feed their monsters when we fail to see
our humanity—our empathy to
creatures inside their enclosed space, we fail

Recognition of our own barriers
encased within the be-all and end-all
though subconsciously aware at all times


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