In the U.S., retrograde, conservative zealots are trying to tear apart progress, justice, and equality and send us back centuries.
Around the world, cruelty and inhumanity seem to have spread like a wind-whipped wild fire.
Humans have cut down half the world’s forests in a blip of time. Seas are rising. Deserts are expanding.
What to do.
We are but specks floating on the great tides of history.
What can a speck do?
What is a speck capable of?
What should a speck do?
It’s a question that I am now, and possibly forever will be, trying to answer.
The question itself is a good one, when asked in good faith–when not used as a dismissive shrug and excuse to turn away.
The question, what can and should a speck do, is a life-orienting question–when it is asked for real, and with curiosity.
We look for absolute answers in order to be absolutely released, when actually maybe inquiry is our home. Or, partly our home. Most of the time. Some of the time.
Inquiry can lead to answers. But no answer will forever quell all the winds of uncertainty. They will rise and swirl again.
So… again: what to do.
One answer is to support people you believe in. We are social animals, designed to connect. Faith in others is faith well-directed.
Another answer is search the soul for your own glory and grace, and invest there.
A third answer is to simply keep doing the good work you have already been doing. “Stay on target, stay on target,” one pilot in Star Wars says to another as they attempt to destroy the Death Star.
And lastly, keep asking. For real.