I’m reading the DC comics story arc ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME. Published in 1994, it details a cosmic event in which time collapses on itself, causing all sorts of chaos. Nearly thirty years since its publication, as our nation’s capital erupts into anarchy, it seems kind of quaint.
At least the DC universe has Batman. That’s one thought, but we’re not DC, and expecting weirdoes in capes and masks to solve our problems ain’t solving shit.
Find your home. Find your tribe. Build and grow the things that matter to you. Be ready to defend those things. You can’t stop the world from burning, but you can move far from the flames and keep them at bay.
Dissociation is considered a symptom of most mental disorders. I agree that full dissociation is unhelpful, but DELIBERATE dissociation is a great tool. Just remember that, as I say in SAINT SADIST, no safe space can protect you from yourself. In other words, before you retreat into yourself, make sure that you’ve made yourself into something you’re ready to face.
I want to believe we’re better than armed thugs storming the Capitol building. I want to believe we’re better than mass shootings, racial injustice, kids in cages at the border, the hypocrisy and sensationalism of cancel culture, bigotry against our LGBTQ friends, the death of nuance, and the all too convenient erasure of context in so many narratives.
All these things are symptoms of our broken nature.
The time to evolve is long overdue.