Having been a Middle Grades English Language Arts teacher for 7 years of my adult life, I find myself thinking and planning like an educator. Teachers, in effort to escort students up the ladder of government mandated standards, must ask themselves two questions when planning lessons throughout the year. The questions are as follows:
- What do my students need to know by the end of the year?
- What do my students need to be able to do by the end of the year?
Again, these questions structure an educator’s long range plan, wherein the end goal always determines the course of study. I find myself asking similar questions, with regard to this particular blog, as well as the novel I am creating.
What is the Goal of the Cornflower?
For both this blog, as well as my novel, my ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for my audience to have cathartic, therapeutic, and psychologically enriching experiences that enable each member to step closer to healing and closer to psychological homeostasis. In order to bring audience members closer to the realization of these goals, I must, then, ask myself the following:
- What does my audience need to know in order for us to grasp the ultimate objective?
- What must my audience do in order for us to grasp the ultimate objective?
With that said, I have been thinking more about concepts, which are foundational, in that they provide scaffolding from which you and I can build catharsis and hopefully, enable liberation for you (and perhaps, even, myself). As to the action on your part, I have little control, but I would hope that each time you engage with my content, you meditate and reflect on the ways it might seep into your consciousness and facilitate redemption for you.
Concept 1: Trauma
The first concept I wish to explain to you is the Lacanian psychoanalytic definition of trauma. I have constructed an analogy, which I think will prove helpful in your understanding of this theoretical idea. Rather than write about it, I chose, instead, to create an animation and explain it to you–in person–through video content. Below, you will find my complete video, which relates the Lacanian conceptualization of trauma to the experience of rocks colliding with the windshield of a moving vehicle. I hope this helps you to internalize this idea, and perhaps, identify the moments of impact in your own history, which have led to self-destructive behaviors.