I wrote this to someone close to me who's going through some of the stuff I have issues with myself...
is a part of life, meant as a contrast to joy, and even though it seems
suffering outweighs joy among those of us who are not part of the
privileged, that in itself makes those who suffer and endure stronger
and more apt to proactively deal with the shitstorm, as we all
eventually face the drama. The idea is to use our skills, gifts, and
intelligence to make our lives as comfortable and drama free as is
possible. I hear you regarding empathy for others and the helplessness
In my own experience, I use my voice, either through writing
or otherwise, as a call to action for those willing to take such action,
to bring some trace of justice, parity, and common sense to the
experience. That's what life is, an experience, a bump in an eternal
journey that the physical is only a small part.
Try not to get so
attached to the illusions of the physical, but definitely keep your
heart open and with those oppressed and unjustly treated, as those folks
are more often than not, deserving of your attention. We can only
change our own little doorsteps, our own tiny parts of the universe, but
if enough of us make the effort, things will change. As Ghandi says, be
the change you want to see. Start with yourself and work your way
outward. It's not an easy thing...nothing good is ever easy, but just
like the civil rights movement, it's a battle fought until won, not
dependent so much on time, but on effort.
Evil succeeds when good people
stand by instead of standing up to it. You have a great gift in
communication, in literary expression, and in intelligence. Redirect
that more in acting upon as opposed to reacting to the oppression of
In short, don't let the bastards win.
Be cool, be nobody's fool, and don't dismiss the bliss.