Carr-survivors guilt and traumatic chosenness


I was going to post yesterday but didn’t because my DSL went out for a while.   Today is Veterans Day in America and Armistice Day in Europe, so this post is more appropriate for today anyway.

One factor in some people’s trauma is coping with survival.  War veterans, in particular, often report survivors guilt.  “Why did I come home while others didn’t?” Sometimes it is tied to particular friends.  “Why did I survive while my buddy didn’t?” They may struggle with this for the rest of their lives.

This experience is not confined to veterans.  David M. Carr began his book, Holy Resilience, with the story of how he survived a bicycle accident that nearly took his life. Survival heightened his sense of mortality and called for a reevaluation of life.

Moreover, certain out-of-sequence deaths also trigger this.  If a child dies, the surviving parents may feel that they…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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