Crazy Times

The USA is going through crazy times right now. (And because the whole rest of the world is affected by the USA, the effect of our craziness is spilling over no doubt into the rest of the world.)

We will get through it. The best advice remains unchanged. Build ties with your neighbors; reduce your dependence on fossil fuels and consumerism; reduce your need to earn; reduce your dependence on centralized systems; align yourself with forces of local economic resilience in your area.

Cultivate kindness and compassion and tolerance (except, don’t tolerate racism or other intolerance — see the “paradox of tolerance”*).

And get your mind centered; hone your BS detector; reduce your vulnerability to hysteria and fake news and conspiracy theories.

* “The paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant. Karl Popper described it as the seemingly paradoxical idea that in order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance.” (Wikipedia)