This is truly the most helpful thing on this topic I've read in a long time. Your personal story also meant a lot to me: I lost my son to cancer two years ago, and during the (mere) six months he was sick and in treatment and then dying, I was swept along by the relentless PMA he and his wife adopted. I wish I'd read this then. I'll hold it in my thoughts for the next time–and I know there will be a next time–and for making it through the current national nightmare. Thank you.
Well said. My country (Poland) is going through a period similarly depressing for anyone who is old enough (and cares) to remember what life was like before the first free elections after World War II in 1989. The current government, breaking the constitution, largely did away with the separation of powers and will be soon capable of simply declaring any election result it doesn't like null and void. And we do what we can, which sometimes means going to picket the parliament while a particularly horrible law is being passed, but sometimes it means staying away from the news to preserve one's energy for another day.
It always helps to remember that back in the early 1980s we had very little hope for things to get better in our lifetimes; we expected the nuclear doomsday to arrive sooner rather than later. But we did what we could, and here we are.
A still free press is the only thing that helps me retain a modified PMA. Thanks for your post today
Don't get depressed…get organized ! The worst Democrat is light years ahead of the best currant GOP…so do not let outsiders derail a new Democrat majority .Organizing Democrats (and Unitarians)is like herding cats . But….If you have a large stinking fish herding cats is easy . The currant GOP majority is one mutha of a large stinking fish !
I suppose it could be a Freudian slip, but I can only read this well-thought piece as equating the Trump presidency with cancer.
Thank you for this piece. Much of your thinking is captured in a book by Stephen Batchelor called LIVING WITH THE DEVIL. He calls uncertainty, if you will, as the "radical contingency of experience." When we try to deny, escape, explain away this experience, we live in delusion. When you and your wife acknowledge the uncertainty, then we can live more fully in the present. It beats living in the past, future, and/or a deluded present!