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Commentary On Susie Orbach #2
Emotional Literacy Education Course 101:
Lesson One: What Is Emotional Literacy?
by Mark Zimmerman
Emotional Literacy Education Course 101 Lesson One: Commentary On Susie Orbach #2

Commentary on Susie Orbach by Mark Zimmerman At the Antidote Website Susie Orbach wrote, "Our aim is to create an Emotionally Literate Culture, where the facility to handle the complexities of emotional life is as widespread as the capacity to read, write and do arithmetic."

Emotional Literacy is a cultural enhancement achieved through education. In which we are not only expanding the capacities of our emotions, but also we are expanding the capacity of our intellect.

We are giving ourselves more choices in our behaviors' to others in our relationships. And we are learning how better to fulfill our own needs, thereby bringing more satisfaction into our lives.

Our culture is going round and round in circles with the same emotional responses. We are trapped inside of our own emotions.

It's our emotions which create our culture, which create our social structures. A change to our society will only come from a conscious and informed effort through education - to discover new ways to respond to each other.

These new ways are known. For example, learning how to cooperate with each other rather than compete. Learning how to treat others with respect and dignity, rather than trying to dominate them. We create our own misery in our society.

We beat each other down, as we struggle to make it to the top. And in doing so others are trying to beat us down. And no one ever really makes it to the top. It's just a continuous process of pain inflicted on each other by our own behavior, which makes all of us numb to our emotions, and makes us incapable of utilizing them in ways which are beneficial, and in ways which will enhance our own survival.

So this statement by Susie Orbach is of tremendous importance, because she says our aim is to create an Emotionally Literate Culture. It means we have to create it, because we don't have an Emotionally Literate Culture. Our culture is emotionally illiterate. Each one of us every day suffers the consequences of that illiteracy.

Susie Orbach continues, "Where the facility to handle the complexities of emotional life is as widespread as the capacity to read, write and do arithmetic."

I particularly like this statement. It implies we can learn this. It's within our current educational technology, if we have the will to pursue it.

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