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Hope at a Moment of Social and Psychological Chaos

22/03/2011

I was one of those who was deeply moved by the words of Bill Clinton to a New York audience over the St Patrick’s weekend. It was not just the words he spoke, but the tone of his remarks. It seems to me that he has a deep understanding of  the psychic trauma we are going through in Ireland.

He asked the question that people are asking all over the country. How to respond at ‘this moment of economic calamity and social and psychological chaos’?

We need, he said, to keep our heads straight while recovering from this ‘impacted sense of shame’ and not forget what we are at the core. ‘Scrape away the barnacles that have clouded the vision of the place we love.’

I, for one, was uplifted by Bill Clinton’s words.

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