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Comment from: sven

Thanks for expressing your doubts, Ruth. I feel very similar. Caught in the frenzy of daily news and outrage, my mind has kind of shut off, from the overload. It seems like everyone is talking, so my instinct is to be quiet.

On a positive note though, aside from cruel and judgmental voices there are also a lot of thoughtful, especially younger voices, that are rising from the chaos. I'm okay being a reader and listener right now, even though I'm plagued by those same sentiments of feeling unproductive. I try to remind myself that listening, feeling and being quiet are just as important as making my voice heard.

A metaphor that's also worked for me is that it feels as if the house is on fire right now and what's needed is firefighters and people skilled at triage. This translates into journalists and social media first responders, fighting the onslaught of hate and lies with facts, humor and... fire. That's not me, and that's okay.

I think voices like ours will be needed (and heard) again once we rebuild from the ashes looking for a positive way forward.

09/07/18 @ 18:04
Comment from: Mike M

BRAVO! The floodgates opened only to expel the cream from the top of the otherwise tumultuous sea of ideas.

09/08/18 @ 10:53
Comment from: Joy Connell

I get it! The pressure is on/creativity goes out the window. Or we let negative issues run rampant in our minds! Listen to your heart and let it drown out the mire of muck invading our thoughts.
Recently I had a situation where my dog was viciously attacked, it got uglier when I saw the assailant running loose a 2nd time. End result was sad as owners turned against dogs which were trained to act aggressively. The question of right virus wrong has been haunting ever since. My heart hurts, my logic confused, but the words can't seem to express the enormity of the problem all around. Sometimes I think we think too large. However; I expect it will emerge over time. Time is what we need sometimes......Joy

09/09/18 @ 11:35
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Sven: Listening has become somewhat endangered, so I agree it can be as important as speaking out. And I also agree that our skilled journalists are the fireman we will call upon in trouble. In between is the matter of livelihood. One must keep producing in order to stay nourished. Further, after a lot of listening, release is needed or else the head will explode!

I cherish those who have the courage to speak up against injustice and cruelty and those who are able to articulate their vision of equality and peace. I want to listen to them, too ... more so. But I can't hear if they don't speak. This is the spiraling crisis. Insults, anger, and judgments of debauchery -- that is what people feel free to -- are encouraged to -- express today. From your observation I deduce that my choice to hear otherwise begs me to listen to the silence. Doing so keeps me calm and steadfast, but it also keeps the unsatisfactory norms entrenched.

Likeminded peacemakers need to illuminate their silent thoughts to assure and inspire others. But who among us has the courage to do that during times of battle? We are who we are; I accept that. Oh but if peace were loud and boisterous and war was silent and placid?


Mike M: Who knows what will happen when the floodgates finally fall?


Joy: Yes, pressure. Although I respond well to deadlines and expressed expectations. So you are exactly right in that I must equilibrate the negative with more positive. Still, is your dog okay?!?! Isn't it telling how we are willing to stand up in defense of those we love?

09/14/18 @ 10:12
Comment from: Joy Connell

Our little boy is doing well thank you. He either played dead or passed out which saved his life, I thought he was gone! Murphy is a Scottie very tough by nature and after a month of being medicated is now beginning to live up to his last name again; Rascal. I wonder why I had to go through something that horrible but now know I was not alone because there wasn't a scratch on me. Being scared is not the answer but being smart and prepared might be. Joy

09/17/18 @ 09:29