Hallway of Hallways

Nora Bateson
2 min readSep 9, 2020

Trying to fix the wrong context of broken is a hallway of hallways.

The suffering is the consequence, not the problem.

Don’t solve it.

It’s not that the schools are not good enough, it is that the next generation is being squeezed into the past.

It is not that poverty is devastating it is that the economy devastates.

It is not that our bodies have been violated, it is that predators are celebrated.

It is not that the tech is evil, it is that it is unable to feel.

It is not that the doctor is wrong, it is that the poison in food, water, air and stress are beyond the reach of medication.

It is not that politicians don’t make change, it is that they are bound to keep things as they are.

It is not that the journalism is crap, it is that it is selling 1 side of a 1000 sided story.

It is not that the climate has problems, it is that identity is mixed up in material wealth.

It is not that there are dangers out there, it is that people need each other and are taught to hold back.

No committee or action team can actually reach the conditions that produce the issues.

But they can produce metrics on the solving the consequences.

It is not that there is no wish to meet the deeper needs, it is that healing cannot be divided or measured by department.

The confusion is compounding.

Going down a path that starts with an inadequate task, is the beginning of an assembly line of industrial sized overlapping systemic problems.




Nora Bateson

Filmmaker, writer, educator, lecturer, President of the Intl Bateson Inst. Books: Small Arcs of Larger Circles 2016, Combining, 2023.