The Telling Project
March 23, 2010
This project began a series of good things that continues to echo and multiply far beyond the play itself---effects that reach as far inside as out. Psyches are permanently modified by the Telling. Anyone who has the capacity for compassionate insight will be a quantum leap ahead in understanding far more than just the military or combat experience.
This is a microscope, and fisheye lens into aspects of life that far too many never allow themselves to glimpse. Those who do see, really see, what the Telling evokes are wiser to a degree far beyond the energy they invest.
This is not to say it is easy. Being in the play was devastating for me, took me back to feelings long buried, and it was as though they were ripped from my psyche with pliers. Others saw them though, and the response has been overwhelmingly Good.
It is terrible irony that in this time of unprecedented capability for communication, young people are being sent off to war by the hundred-thousands without any real concept in their minds, or the minds of the population who underwrite their military experience, what the hell they are getting into and what it portends for the rest of their lives.
The commonly accepted figure at present is that we spend $1,000,000 per average soldier per year to keep them in Iraq and Afghanistan. But when they return, almost certainly wounded with PTSD if not physically, they are cut loose and have to fight disgusting, protracted bureaucratic infights for years, for the government to oh-so-reluctantly surrender any benefits. It is the continuing curse of the Vietnam war, it projects into the future of the young women and men who serve now. It is a cancer on our society, bringing conflict home to visit our families and our social fabric.
The Telling Project provides an extremely effective way for us to continue to serve our country and our fellow citizens. It should be required for every one of us.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Unlike when I volunteered for Vietnam, I was more or less drafted for Telling. Wrenching experience, more profound than I bargained for, and I'd do it again in a minute.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Serving a noble cause again, with some of the finest young women and men I have ever known.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Committed, growing, learning, reaching deep, deep inside and sharing with heroism. All of them. Wasn't always easy, but everyone made it with aplomb.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Provide CRUCIAL insight for much of our population, here and abroad, into what what war really is and what it does to all of us.
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