Hi friends. I know that the current narrative in this country is that we should all bite our nails and pace in nervous anticipation of the coming apocalypse or coronation based on our own personal worldview. However, there is another viewpoint. One must remember that life is fundamentally defined by the existence of disappointment. There is absolutely no escape from pain in this world. The world, sadly, is always going to let you down in some way, shape, or form. It might be your ice cream falling off of your cone, or it might be the institution of dystopian fascism from a reality TV star.
However! There is escape from suffering. Suffering is different than pain. Suffering is the fiery hot friction that is created when we try and eliminate pain from our lives. We think that pain is something that can be eliminated, so we go to work trying to banish it from our world for all time! Now this is not to say that we should not try and avoid pain and disappointment. No, we have a brain for a reason, so that when we experience pain, we can try to not experience it again. However, we have to resign ourselves to the fact that there will be disappointment in life. There will be pain.
But this is OK! It really is. From a personal standpoint, my life has been incredibly difficult and painful. I’m a member of a particularly despised minority group, and growing up that way has led to all kinds of very painful occurrences in my life. I won’t go into the nitty gritty, but it’s been a tough climb. But now, through a deep understanding and personal practice, I am liberated, mostly, from suffering. It is just silly to me to think that I have to get upset about the shit that life throws at me.
How did I do that? Well, it’s pretty fucking complicated. I’ve worked to remake myself on a core spiritual level. I really don’t want to go into the details. But a lot of it is stuff you read about in this sub all the time. Meditation works. Ritual works. Wisdom works. Psychedelics work. Love works. God, or whatever you want to call it, works.
Be strong my friends. And smile! There is so much beauty and wonder in the world. And the Gods are laughing up a storm about the world. We don’t have to say “if only we had socialism, I’d be happy” or “if only school was free, I’d be happy” or “if only people were actually nice to each other, I’d be happy.” Happiness is a faucet that turns on from within. And when you turn it on, you get baptized with beauty. I’m not talking about the kind of baptism where you get a free, cold bath by a weird priest, no, I’m talking about the real baptism of the soul. The kind that happens when you stop resisting and start embracing life. Treat life like a crazy cool friend that is trying to show you something awesome and GO WITH IT. You will be amazed! It’s fucking awesome! I literally smile and dance all the time. I’m not walking on water, but compared to the sad-sack misery machine I used to be, I am doing profoundly better.
Love is DEFINITELY possible. Don’t worry if King Cheeto gets elected. You live in a land of very sad and angry people, but you don’t have to be one of them. They will try and drag you down when you decide to rise above, but stay strong. Be well. Life is waiting to throw a party in your honor, but you have to show up, and you have to be excited to attend.