We live to be true to ourselves and aligned with what is asked of us in each situation as it arises. We bring forth what is called for from the stores of our original nature and the innate virtues that are ours from birth to meet the needs of the moment, moment after moment, over the full course of our life. This is called "rising to meet the occasion" with what we have to offer in maintaining the equilibrium of opposites, contraries and contradictions at work in the here/now of our living. We bear in our bodies the tensions of time and place in working things out to the best of our ability and the true good of all concerned. Negotiation and compromise, Kid. Negotiation and compromise. Accommodation and acquiescence, Kid. Accommodation and acquiescence. We pull this off by seeing/knowing what's what and what is called for, and being/offering what is needed, situation by situation throughout the time left for living. It is living moment to moment in light of the needs of the moment, which certainly include our own needs in the moment, taking all things into account and seeing what can be done to make things as good as they can be. The people who take abortion off the table, and the people who leave ready availability of all types of guns on the table, are not doing what needs to be done in light of the situation as a whole, and are making things much worse for the good of the whole-- by forcing their ideology and idea of what's best upon situation after situation. Leaving the rest of us to do what can be done where nothing can be done that needs to be done, and trying to make the best of a very bad situation-- in an "Okay, now what?" kind of way. When we cannot do what needs to be done because of forces beyond our control, or even our influence we are left with grieving what must be grieved, mourning what is to be mourned, and bearing the agony of sorrow and suffering without consolation, wailing when wailing is called for and shouldering the burdens of time and place, doing all that can be done when nothing can be done through the anguish of time everlasting.