I contend that it is not that we can’t handle it, it is that we find value in something more soothing to our ego, whether the perception that our tribe is victorious or that our most recent post is well received.
Thomas Merton writes- “What we desire is not the truth, but rather that our lie should be proved “right” and our iniquity be vindicated as “just” This is what we have done to pervert our natural, instinctive appetite for truth.” He goes on. “No wonder we hate. No wonder we are violent.”
I really don’t believe this is true for all, but I have been curious, perhaps stupefied, at people’s lack of critical thinking and willingness to believe what is being fed to them from sources which time and time again have been caught perpetrating a concerted effort to influence instead of providing accurate information. A seeming comfort with outrage and discontent.
From my perspective and experience, the pain of staying the same must overcome the pain of change, I must perceive value in opening my mind to alternative, and I contend, time honored ways of being. “The best part of banging my head against the brick wall is that I can stop.”- Unknown
It is my radical hope and prayer that any who find themselves questioning, during this opportunity to reflect on the current state of society, will consider what they may find in their heart is that they have been wrong are following a path pleasing to their natural desires, which is merely and ultimately short lived. The results of which are completely unsatisfying.
I want and am grateful for what I have and that is all I need!