It’s difficult being intelligent and having opinions about important things. You see evil people with terrible ideas and you want to vanquish them. You see stupid people with power and you want to cry.
If you say anything, those people point an ugly finger at you and convict you of the same offenses of which they are guilty.
It’ll drive you crazy if you let it.
Don’t let it.
Don’t pick fights you can’t win. Don’t take on everyone or every issue. In fact, unless your work or the safety of your family demands it, your default response should be to keep quiet and walk away.
Does that mean putting your head in the sand and ignoring most of the noise? Yes. That’s exactly what it means.
Unless you were hired for the job, don’t waste social capital, don’t risk losing business. Let those who were hired to fix the problem do their job. Support them, but don’t make yourself a spokesperson.
You can’t fix stupid. Evil has always existed and always will. Yes, there will be times when good conscious demands that you speak out or take action. To fight with every ounce of your strength.
But those times are rare.
You have to get good at compartmentalizing. Put things in a lock box in your brain and don’t open that box. Train yourself to smile and change the subject.
It’s okay to compare notes with your like-minded spouse or best friend; with everyone else, just don’t go there.
That goes double for social media.
Keep busy with work. Focus on building, not tearing down, on love not hate. And have faith that everything will eventually be okay. Because it surely will.
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