Learning to cope in a chaotic world

Instead of living in a macro place of hopelessness, push yourself to a micr place of purpose. Doing so is not denial, but rather it's living life on what has been the normal human scale since there were humans.

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April 28, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Hi, Carolyn: I’m a millennial feeling overwhelmingly hopeless lately. Between the children suffering in concentration camps, impending climate disaster and a government that is utterly ineffective and controlled by a handful of people who make me feel terrorized on a daily basis, life is feeling meaningless to me.

I am afraid to have children. I am worried nothing we do matters anymore. I am upset that everyone is buried too deeply in their online worlds to tune into how urgent these problems are. I am not seeing the point in anything and to “think positive” seems impossible without going into denial and pretending things are okay when they’re not. What can I do? — Everything Is on Fire

Everything Is on Fire: What we do always matters, to us if nothing else, though interconnectedness amplifies our actions in ways that I think we fail to appreciate. Every person whose life you touch, even if you just graze it once in passing, is affected by your choices.

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