And Then We Sever

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Hannah Wilson

And Then We Sever

The values we hold are partly those we have chosen, and partly those that have been chosen for us by family and circumstance. As young people, the instinct is often to attempt to join together conflicting value bases into an uneasy whole. 

‘And Then We Sever’ explores the tension between values related to humanity and kindness (broadmindedness, unity with nature, and loyalty), and those that are linked to power and tradition (preservation of public image, obedience and detachment).

In particular, it looks at how these contrasting value bases can impact on family bonds, opinions on social status, and political views. It shows that inconsistent value bases can pull themselves apart, with the potential to sever family relationships, internal harmony, and bonds of loyalty.

Yet it contends that this severance is not necessarily a bad thing: whilst it can be a painful and traumatic experience (as for the boy-man in the story), for the woman-girl of the story it is a freeing action, allowing her to find ease with herself and her reality.  

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