Sometimes all the information available at our fingertips isn’t enough to make sense of the world.
On Wednesday, the world was in chaos and I had to shut everything off and go write a song about it. It’s hard to watch people in this country be so afraid, but we’ve been afraid for a while. It’s just hard to watch it kick into high gear and seemingly eclipse all other brain function. So yes, I feel the fear right now, but we owe it to ourselves to keep it in perspective. Last night I watched Batman cartoons with my young son while he gave animated reactions and commentary, and while wrapping a piece of string (to him it’s Spider-Man’s web, you see) around a toy batmobile.
So rather than letting fear paralyze me, I prefer to just reflect on that part of me that thought balls of yarn could be spider webs, and just think about how lucky I am that I get to sit in an air conditioned room with my sons, rather than carry them across a Syrian border because our home is no longer livable. Because really, the only thing that separates us is where we happened to be born. None of us had any control of that, just like none of us (that I know personally, anyway) have much control over whats going on in our global political climate.
This holiday season, I’m going to try to be a little more thankful than usual for what I have, and just hope that the extra thankfulness manifests itself with a little extra patience and gentleness towards my fellow man and woman, be they Syrian, American,or whatever. Maybe rather than eat others alive on social media, I’ll just reach out to an old friend, tell an acquaintance I love them, hug a loved one a little tighter, and whatever else I need to do to remind myself that things could be a lot worse.