It does not matter how we feel. It matters what we do. We are to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, regardless of how we feel. "Feelings follow action," as the old therapy saw goes. We cannot want what we do not want, but we can do what we do not want to do. The way it needs to be done, etc. So do that in each situation as it arises. And stop bothering so much about how we feel. Don't allow our feelings to impair our actions! Feel any way we want to feel, but do what is called for, as it is called for, etc. Step into each situation as it presents itself, and look around. See what's happening and what needs to be done in response, and do it. All of our action is situational, elicited by what is going on in the time and place of our living. Live responsively, and responsibly. Feel however you feel like feeling. But do what is asked of you by the moment at hand. Moment-by-moment-by-moment...
Those of you who deal with a truly crazy person know how easily they can manipulate the truth to tilt the Normal World just a bit, and transform it into a place no one can live. They seem balanced and sane, and then say things like, "I'm going to fly to San Francisco, and ask the mayor to take me on a tour of the city." Republicans have this down to an art. Their world is not the world the rest of us live in. They are drawn together by their ability to see things that are not there. I don't know if they see the same things, or just remarkably similar things, but they are crazy as hell. And they hold powerful positions of leadership and responsibility. The Cuckoo’s Nest is rapidly taking over the world. And the media-world is relating to them as though they are normal human beings. Which amplifies crazy and creates an environment in which civilization is devolving as we watch. If you have a fix for this situation, I hope you apply it immediately. Allowing it to play itself out will be the end of the world as we know it.
Everybody thinks the way they see things is the way things are. Everybody thinks the way they think things ought to be is the way things ought to be. Yet, hardly anybody sees things the way anybody else sees things (For instance, we talk about "Christianity" as though there is common agreement about what is and is not Christian. When, in fact, there is wide-spread disagreement. And getting consensus, or even a majority, on how things ought to be is very iffy. And we walk around in a fog of assumed eye-to-eye-ness that is totally fabricated, and completely unreal. The bough-ha-ha over masks and vaccines is an example of how far apart we are over many of the things that are essential to our life together. Racism is a problem because close to half of this country are proud to be racist. Etc. down a long list of other issues. Community and commonality are rare indeed. Because "the center fails to hold." Civility, consideration and graciousness are in short supply, and people are all into "My way is the ONLY WAY!" I have no idea of how to fix the dichotomy without the willing participation of all people. And how we pull that off when Fox News and talk show radicals, QAnon and, well the list is forever, of people pumping people up to be against everything, looks to me to be hopeless. It is a solitary commitment to the core that remains the only viable alternative to division and discord. One made by individuals determined to live from the center in doing what needs to be done from their heart in situation after situation, no matter what. I hope you will join me in the cause.