There are only two things to know: What needs to be done that we can do anything about. What we need to do it. We need to know those two things in each situation as it arises. That's it. Why do we waste time on so many concerns that don't amount to anything?
There are ugliness and absurdity everywhere we look. We look for peace and unity. We find upheaval and decay. Everybody wants what they do not have and hates what they do have. Differences are emphasized. Disenchantment abounds. That's where we come in. We are the hope of the world. We search for hope, and see no hope, and declare our situation to be hopeless. We are the hope of the world. Paul Watzlawick's book comes to mind: The Situation is Hopeless, But Not Serious. We are the stabilizing factor in each situation as it arises. What is happening is nowhere near as impactful as what happens in response to what is happening. How we respond to the situation determines, or, at least, strongly influences, what becomes of the situation. How we respond to the situation depends upon two things: What is called for, and what we have to offer for the good of the situation as a whole. How the police are responding to the situation in Ottawa is making it worse, not better. How the police respond to many situations make them worse, not better. The police have an agenda, and an attitude. Agendas and attitudes are the worst things to bring to any situation. Agendas and attitudes are responsible for things being as they are worldwide. Putin has an agenda and an attitude. If we have an agenda and an attitude, we are making things worse, not better. The best things to bring to any situation are the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence. Do not know what needs to be done. Be empty, still and quiet. See what is called for. See what arises unbidden, spontaneously, naturally within yourself in response to what is called for. Do not discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore playfulness. Disarming the situation brings balance and harmony to bear on the situation. Sometimes, what is called for is letting the fire burn itself out. The people who don't like anything about Critical Race Theory need to keep their children out of schools embracing equality and truth. We do not stop doing what needs to be done to make people happy who have never been happy their entire life long. The Catholic Church committed atrocities in forcing its version of truth upon the discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo, and upon the Gnostic Christians who embraced a different version of truth. Everybody does not have to see things the same way. The minority has their right to their opinions, but do not have the right to force their opinions on the majority. Truth has a way of prevailing over time. What is taught in schools has to stand the tests of examination, introspection, exploration, investigation, and validation. It cannot be what makes someone comfortable. Everyone grows up against their will. Everyone grows up by living beyond their comfort zone. It is the way. What we see today in the unfolding of tirades and tantrums worldwide is the defiant refusal to grow up. Refusing to grow up comes with a price to be paid. If you won't pay the price, you won't ride the ride. If you failed to learn that lesson as a child, you have to learn it as an adult. Or pay the price. Growing up is so very hard to do. And we all have to do it on our own. No one can do it for us. And it must be done. Everything depends on it. And everybody is responsible for being what the situation is calling them to be. And everybody suffers when everybody is not living responsibly. And here we are. The situation is calling for everyone to be mutually responsible for the good of the situation as a whole. And Donald Trump is saying "You can't make me!" And his followers are saying, "Yeah! You can't make me, either!" Leaving the rest of us to find ways of living our lives around them without allowing them to disrupt the way life needs to be lived in service of the good of all. This means firing the police who aren't going to enforce the law. Etc. up and down the line.