Witch Hunt

8 Jan

I can remember my freshman year at South Oak Cliff high school like it was yesterday.  A new school district, a new area I’ve never been in, and of course, new people I’ve never met before.  There were two teachers that made my transition flow smoothly and they were Ms. Givens and Ms. Scott.  Both of them made me feel as if I had two mothers away from home.  Ms. Givens taught my English class and one of the first books we were assigned to read was “The Scarlett Letter”.  Now, The Scarlett Letter was a book that was a grand insight on how intense high school would be versus middle school.  It pointed out how people can become outcast in there own communities and how hatred / sin incorporates itself in this world.  This particular book was set in the 17th century during the Salem Witch trials.  At the time, people made accusations against one another for various reasons.  The witch hunts in Salem between 1642 and 1649 led to many people being: imprisoned, hung and persecuted to the extreme with little or no evidence supporting their accusations.  In a certain twisted way, I believe that book was meant to prepare us for life after high school.  I can recall thinking to myself back then “I’m glad we no longer go on witch hunts”, but to my surprise we still do.  Usually we ‘witch hunt’ because we’re afraid of love, past demons, stuck in our own ways or we’ve come up with a predetermined happiness in our minds.  I first noticed witch hunting within myself.  After my great grandma died, I felt lost in this world.  I felt like I didn’t know of or understand love outside of her.  So basically anytime I ran across a good woman, I would subconsciously create a problem with her. So that I can exit that particular situation.  I didn’t realize it at the time but I was doing this because i happened to be afraid of love.  Ironically as it sounds, the very thing that I was longing for was the exact same thing I wasn’t prepared for.  The pain of her leaving me was still embedded in my heart.  That same pain occupied my entire heart therefore I didn’t have enough room to receive anyone in it.  The thought of me being vulnerable or of me dealing with someone that could overtake me emotionally was too much for me to bare.  I’ve always thought getting to know someone new was one reason behind people staying in bad relationships or not moving on, seeing as though there is nothing new under the sun.  We tend to discover familiar characteristics in people that reminds us of our past (past demons). Whenever this incident occurs we naturally think to ourselves here we go again.  We feel as if we traded away a sprite for a 7-up.  I believe that is when the hunt begins.  One familiarity is a coincidence and we view two or more as warning signs.  The truth is people do the same actions with different things in mind or different motives.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that the same result is going to take place.  Sometimes we can become stuck in our own ways the “my way or the highway mentality”.  This approach is taken when people want to control every aspect of their relationship.  The type of person that chooses this outlet is usually one who has been hurt in the past and they often fall hard.  Thus the reasoning behind them wanting to control everything.  Seeing as though that gives them the option of regulating the due process of how the emotions are dispersed out.  The final reason behind us witch hunting would be a predetermined happiness that we’ve drawn up in our minds.  In my eyes, this one is very detrimental to the growth of our emotions.  I say that because we often have a type of individual that we see ourselves with even before we’ve seen that particular individual.  Who’s to say your physical type is going to match up with the type of person you’re searching for characteristic wise or even spiritually?  I believe we should have an open heart and mind when it comes to love and that placing an image on it just further hurts us in the end.  The witch trials in Salem only lasted seven years.  How long will we allow it to go on in our lives?


6 Responses to “Witch Hunt”

  1. D January 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    I could not have said it better. Nice job 👌

  2. Chelsea Briggs January 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Hmmm…. Interesting insight. Perhaps though, considering the fact that most people “witch hunt” subconsciously, it’s possible that it’s a defense mechanism the mind uses to protect us from previous injury (heart break), believe it or not you can develop heart failure from a broken heart. However, much like any other inappropriate response we have to certain events, such as phobias (ex. Fear of babies lol) , you can correct this behavior using desensitization. In other words introducing the traumatic stimulus, i.e love and all it’s components gradually, then eventually you can achieve the desired response (love and happiness) Fortunately, heart break is not irreparable

  3. chantal sumrall February 2, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Hey my brother…This is chantal from church. The one that does poetry…I REALLY enjoyed this piece about the “the scarlet letter” and Salem witch…it she’d a new light on me n how I’ve handled certain situations. ..Very helpful!!!! Great insight. Keep up the great work

  4. Shameickha April 13, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    You have a gift!
    this was a very insiteful read I can relate and enjoyed you sharing a little piece of you as well

  5. Clarissa Wells June 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Very insightful! You actually made me put a lot if my recent choices in men into perspective. I have initially built a wall up so high and desensitized myself from love for fear of heart break, when in all actuality it is the one thing that I long for so much…soul searching

  6. Brandy Wine July 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    The witch hunt makes perfect sense for how the way some people live their lives today! Me included! Good stuff!

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