Friday, April 15, 2016

258 candles-day 51

I've been wracking my brain trying to think of what I can say that will mean anything to anyone about the current dismal, distressing state of politics in this country. And I've come to realize this: There isn't anything I can say. But there is something I can do.

My solution, based on the Chinese proverb that it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, is to provide daily candles in the form of links to other people's solutions, simple or complex responses to problems that they see. But as a single candle will hardly provide enough illumination to blot out the darkness that is the pettiness and meanness that characterizes this election cycle, I will light 258 candles, one each day between now and election day. In this way, I will do my part to remind each of us we are better than the baseness of the bases.

Today: Like this essay points out, it's easier to say bullshit to recent survivors rather than to admit you don't know what to say, but often we're better off saying nothing and letting our presence do the talking. As the Book of Job also recognizes, the first part of being a friend is the act of being present with the grieving.

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