The world is not a safe place. Our leaders cannot protect us. Our society is not fair. The ones who are supposed to take care of us are slaves to profit, or drugged with power. Repression is the norm and corruption goes unpunished. We speak of injustice but are dismissed. We are keenly aware but nothing changes.
We know that feelings of futility already mean defeat, so we resolve to do our part. We listen. We march. We donate. We change what we can. We vote. Our voices are hoarse but still our eyes sting with images of tear gas. Leaders full of hate have locked in their power and keep their knees on the necks of our fellow citizens. Meanwhile, our untended planet withers. Our oceans choke on plastic. Pandemic scythes down the elderly and disadvantaged. Ever more guns are in the hands of those who would kill us. We no longer laugh at those who foretell our doom.
It doesn’t get better. Our efforts to help feel pathetically small. The echo chamber reaches only our own ears. Our “mindfulness” has no force, and we “woke” in ourselves only an empty righteousness that cancels us out. Our individual hearts may reach out in compassion, but how far does that go? What can we do to protect others? Put on masks? How ironic!
Has there ever been a time in which we felt more powerless? Has there ever been an era less kind? Wartime was better! Even the brainwashed masses living in dictatorships have leaders in whom to believe! The existential despair of the Atomic Era at least threw humans back on their own courage!
And now? We have freedom but no agency. We have megaphones that broadcast truth into an uncaring void. The police are not our friends, and our friends police us. Democracy isn’t dying, it’s worse than that. It’s been sold to the highest bidder. Our future is full of despair. Our anger has hardened into granite resentment. Our whole society is sick and stuck. Our courage has nowhere to go.
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