Perseverance

December 29, 2012

Keeping yourself sane in a world that is being destroyed is, in and of itself, an act of bold defiance of the forces of destruction. Along with coral reefs, polar bears, red-legged frogs, and tropical rain forests, the crazed juggernaut of modernity wants to kill your heart. Do not let it. Do not let the pain of knowing the world’s injuries break you: in doing so you are only giving that monstrous devourer one more victim. Do not expect the collective to embrace a world where life and beauty flourish in all their abundance if you can not embrace such a state in your own body. Think of yourself as a forest and do not let them cut you down.

Hurt only as much as is necessary to guide you. Hurt no more. Do not feel guilty for doing what is necessary to feel well; feel proud, because you are saving a part of the living world you wish so fervently to defend. Then, when you have halted the bulldozers before they tore into your flesh, when you have halted the poison before it entered your blood, when you have kept yourself whole and well in the face of the onslaught, you will possess the unfettered strength you seek: the strength to fend off those other wounds being inflicted into that greater body of which we are all a part.

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