Running away may be one of our natural, instinctive responses…but that doesn’t mean it’s a good one, a smart one, or a virtuous one.
The story we Americans like to tell ourselves about our country is pretty much designed to make us feel anxious about the present, and the future.
It isn’t just about your psychology. It’s about your place in society.
Things aren’t going to get better on their own. What we need is a clear, concrete, accessible, realistic, practical, collective, unifying, commonsense plan.
We need to deal with the apathy, cynicism, scapegoating, and despair that results from living in this kind of environment for so long. We live in a society that’s freakishly good at pushing our buttons. Our politics are bitter and gridlocked. The economy is unpredictable and stacked against ordinary people. The media intentionally freaks us out for their own gain. So do countless other organizations, trying to advance their agendas by exploiting our emotions. We work hard, running around, trying to fulfill all our obligations, trying to deal with everything that needs to be dealt with. We feel like things