The realization of guilt or the materialization of recourse, where feelings, logic, and reality intersect and disagree, you’ll find sadness and anger. In this place, only one emotion truly exists, the other is a fabricated means of self-defense and only begets more of the other. We are a terrified nation of helpless and hopeless. We [...]
We dismiss the contrarian. We ridicule the eccentric purist. We hold strong to our first instinct and our entitlements. Our thoughts are beyond reproach. And we are wrong on every account. We can be fooled. We will be fooled, time and again. We need more than ever to reconsider, to accept our folly, to consider [...]
In case you were wondering why you’re feeling angry or attacked, or why you feel the need to attack someone else’s character or body, or why you think people unlike you are dangerous and you feel your way of life is being threatened, it is because we are in the process of being radicalized as [...]
This is how we justify our atrocities. This is how we shape our culture. This is how we got here. This is why we are responsible for these desperate times. This is why we are sad, angry, and lost.
At our absolute worst, we consistently allow our need for personal satisfaction and comfort to precede those same needs in others, from the nameless and faceless, to those with whom we are personally invested. At our best, we do the same, just a little less often, and, in some cases, we feel the regret for our self-involved nature. We judge others on the extent to which they are affected in relation to ourselves. While knowing we are creatures capable of what the worst of us have done should compel the more understanding and giving recesses of our minds to prevail, it instead entitles us to excuse ourselves of the lesser tragedies we shape.
These are random thoughts from the past couple of weeks. Some of these I’ve shared on social media, and a few, I haven’t. Maybe there is something here that will connect with some of you which is one of life’s true means of satisfaction. There is no “They.”There is no “Them.”There is only us, and [...]