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A map through the unsolvable?
I am trying my dang-dest to not indulge my tendency towards anxiety, these days. I’m trying to attend to what is good and beautiful, to not worry about things I can’t change. It’s good - I wish I’d started earlier, for all the good my prophecies of doom ever did. I’m day-to-day happier, and feeling empowered because it’s been an intentional change.
But when I DO feel the panic, it always feels like this: a clear problem exists, but upon thinking it through, the answer is a sad, shrugging thought: This is Too Complex to Untangle. Which is a way of saying “I can’t see any answer” - to climate change, faltering democracy, religious idiocy, corporate greed, forever chemicals, AI and whatever other problems you could name.
It is a sad and disabling feeling, and it is with bitterness that I file those thoughts away along with all the other shit I am trying to ignore.
Yesterday I stumbled upon the video below on youtube, and I felt WAY less lonely. Most of the ideas in it are reassuring in that they indicate a way forward I actually believe in - collaboration, cooperation, conversation - at a scale we’ve rarely seen but which feels good and natural.
So I thought I’d share it. The channel is called VSauce, and I recognize the speaker - he’s the host of the brilliant Crash Course Film History series. Share it if you dig it, it’s an idea worth spreading.