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Shadow Living

March 18, 2019


The movie Spotlight, which appeared in 2015, follows The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States, and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. More than an indictment of the Catholic Church, the movie shows how systemic evil is Insidious, goes largely undetected (processes usually do), distorts the thinking of all who are involved, and slowly corrupts our ability to think and see clearly.

Welcome to life in the shadows. It’s what we tend not to realize or to see, that trips us up. But then, people will always have trouble seeing and understanding what is really there — what the situation demands, who the persons of character are, why organizational systems develop the way they do, etc.

My main goal for this chapter is to have you doubt your perceived clear-thinking abilities. Most people do not doubt their thinking, and as a result, get themselves and others into a heap of trouble.

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