Oh god. There’s just so much bullshit, Bob. And none of it is even being used for compost. I’m losing hope.
Be like a boat, they say. Just keep the water out and float on. Don’t let it overcome you. Easier said than done, I say.
There are two kinds of negative feeling that overwhelm: the kind of our own making that time and self-talk help pass, and the kind that is a perfectly appropriate reaction to the reality of the situation; that is, to name one element of this mess we’re in, that we are basically inhabiting a spaceship piloted by incompetent, amoral megalomaniacs who live lives with dire consequence for anyone but themselves. Who choose to sacrifice this life – our lives – either for some afterone they’ve been promised in a book, or simply because it benefits them. It is slowly but surely heading towards the sun, and our efforts are too few and too late to turn it around. So what do we do then? Is the only option to delude ourselves?
I’m asking you because you are my oldest friend, at – how old are you now? – and probably wisest, and you’d think if things were really as bleak as I say, that you of all people have a much more effective coping strategy or else you would have pressed the “eject” button by now.
Knowing you, you would just give me some ambiguous quip if I just asked for your secret, and while I do admire your constant sense of humour, I want real answers, so I have compiled this list of questions on the topic of Having A Good Time Despite It all.
What is the most useful influence religion has on coping with the unpleasant truth of the world? (that doesn’t require supernatural belief)
Is peace more than just absence of suffering?
How much attention should we give to world politics?
Do you meditate, why/why not?
Can words change our outlook?
Have you been lucky in life? Or do you possess a quality that attracts what some call luck?
Have you ever had a mental breakdown?
How can we be happy?