It may be one of those times when we have to put a temporary ban or moratorium on “sniveling”, the desperate act of whining or complaining in a tearful manner. Yes, there are indeed valid causes for being alarmed, fearful, depressed or feeling marginalized that touch many of us… I do not want to sweep them under the rug at all.
But what we all need to do is elevate our responses to such challenges to a level that directly addresses the underlying causes & provides us with tangible strategies to arrest them. And we can only place them in perspective if we also remain grateful for & committed to safeguarding what we still have in this country & on this planet: the extraordinary biological & cultural diversity that can provide a myriad of models & memes for solving the many problems facing life on earth; centuries of social & ethical momentum towards greater expression of & legal protection of human rights, animal rights, & even plant & microbial rights; tenaciousness & patience among the many “meek” who deserve to be heard & inherit this earth; the wonder & joy of the natural world, of music & art that can recharge our batteries; & last but not least, the loving spirit incarnated in the very lives inhabiting & enriching our one unique earth.
If we remember how much we are blessed with as natural & cultural, spiritual & ethical assets, then no Big Bad Wolf or Mean-Spirited Bureaucracy that can tear us asunder & persist in the plunder.
Our love & respect for one another are cultural antibodies that can protect us against the dis-ease we are now facing in society.
Bless you all for the love, good will & good humor you bring into the world! AMIGAS & AMIGOS THAT IS THE TRUE ANTIDOTE AGAINST DESPAIR!