posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 11:51 PM
To live in the world you have to come to a kind of balance where you accept the preponderance of the ugly on one hand, but don't let this acceptance
get in the way of your own limited ability to work for what you honestly think is right.
For example, a single country doctor could easily get overwhelmed at all the sickness and suffering in the world, and throw down his kit-bag in
disgust, saying, "why bother, my efforts are like spit in the wind." But when somebody comes to him with a broken leg, he's the only one around who
knows how to fix it, so he does. And despite the fact that he's only helped alleviate the suffering of one person, he can feel proud of that. And
We all have to accept that our abilities are limited while not letting this get in the way of working to our utmost to do what we think we should do
for ourselves, our families, our communities, and (if we can) the wider world.
A few practical tips: Start local...real local...with yourself. But don't stop there or you become a monster. Help your family next, then your
friends, then your community. If it all seems a bit much, well, take a break and relax when you need to. Know that even if you can't change
everything, you can -- and must -- change SOME things. And you have the ability to do so. Try looking at what seems morally overwhelming not with eyes
of despair, but as a challenge, like an interesting puzzle or game to master.
Also, for your own mental health, balance your ethical strivings for the outer world with some inner work. This involves cultivating focus and
concentration. Any number of activities can help you do this -- chess, gardening, cooking, rock-climbing, archery, violin, yoga, etc. etc. Something
where you start out with little skill and gradually over time can note improvement with pride. Something difficult enough to be challenging, but not
so difficult as to be intimidating. Select an activity that demands concentration and focus, preferably a non-verbal activity. Work on cultivating it
even if it takes a long time and doesn't come naturally to you. You will see improvement, your attention span and patience will grow, and so will
I hope this advice was helpful and not too pompous. Its sort of the way I've learned to handle the kinds of problems the OP is talking about over
[number deleted, harumph] decades. Not saying I'm perfect or even very good at it...sometimes it feels quite the contrary. But its an ideal to work
for, a package of inner and outer balance.
[edit on 1/17/10 by silent thunder]