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You can provide a sanctuary from insanity and mean-spiritedness. Let me explain…

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85How do we safeguard and fortify (like vitamins not like bearing arms) what is of value so that we needn’t have to repair or restore it from all the damage that might otherwise come its way?

The last three days, I have spent hours winterizing, draining and insulating all our pipes, coolers, greenhouses and subtropical fruit trees from a coming storm and below zero weather. I could not but help think that is metaphorically the same as what many people of color and diverse faiths are doing socially & politically at this very moment: building resilience to weather the storm.

But what needn’t take on is a “defensive mindset.” Building greater pre-silience is what we should be doing any way, in ADVANCE of any threat or challenge.

You, my friends, are the antibodies of our society whose health and inner strength can keep the social diseases of racism, sexism, unbridled capitalism and zenophobia from further infecting our country. You are part of an immune system that is greater than the sum of its parts. You provide a sanctuary from insanity and mean-spiritedness.

Practice presilience & resilience in everything you do the next few weeks, months and years. You are sorely needed by a society plagued by sores!

Brother Coyote, OEF

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