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The air is filled with outrage, hostility and frustration for most Americans right now. Inflation is devastating family budgets. Pregnant women are dying in Ukraine. Russian soldiers don’t even know why they are fighting this war. Joe Biden blames Russia for just about everything. And now someone has tossed the threat of nuclear war into the mix.
And all we can do is watch the horror show.
Many of us feel called to do something. To stop the madness. To find a way to make sense of any of it. To save someone, anyone, from this pain and suffering. And when we realize we can do very little, except vent our anger, we have to remember one very important fact:
We are not the enemy.
As emotions ramp up, the temptation to lash out, to punish others through our words, to find the “idiocy” in someone else’s argument will increase. Someone must pay. Someone, besides ourselves, must go through the same struggle that we are experiencing.
But it helps to stop, take a deep breath and remember: we are all, in one way or another on the same side.
We are Americans. We are human beings.
We all hate the chaos and misery. We hate the greed, violence, and death. And we can be together and try to help each other somehow deal with what is in front of us. But we can’t unconsciously try to destroy each other in the process.
I don’t have a simple resolution for wanting to lash out. I do know that I have many friends on this site, and even those who are not friends are not my enemies. If I try to damage or destroy relationships, ultimately I will be doing the one thing I don’t want to do: cause more misery for others and for myself.
So I’m going to try to remember that I must pay attention to what is going on and how I’m reacting to world events or crises in our own country. I must commit not to add further to the pain and misery and destruction.
You are, after all, my friends.Published in