I have been thinking about how we define brokenness since I read a post about it a while back.
I'm not talking about the whole "breaking a submissive" bit. Though since I do (for some odd reason), get hits from the term, I'll probably give in and go there eventually.
My train of thought is more along the lines of how we define someone as being a broken person.
Until I read the aforementioned post (which I can no longer find, so no linky link), I had never considered thinking of someone as being broken because of their physical condition.
I think that broken is really a state of consciousness.
I have a client with a degenerative nerve disease. Her body does not respond to her mental commands as it should, she uses a walker, and is now moving on to a wheelchair. This woman is far from broken. She has spirit, determination, motivation, and a seemingly unconquerable sense of optimism.
Thing1 (sil for new visitors), is a physically fit 24 year old. She is also a very broken human being because she chose to live her life in a way that clearly broke her.
And it runs beyond her addictions now (I don't really care what Thing2 says--unless Thing1 is pissing in a cup in front of her every day, Thing1's still a junky as far as I'm concerned). There are fundamental cracks in who she is as a person.
I think that the majority of us are scarred--it's a part of living and being human.
But the truly broken people? They are not the ones with physical issues. The broken people are the ones who's minds are bent beyond repair.