The News

I’m not sure it’s healthy anymore to hang your integrity on a coat hook of fine ethics

and take a seat at the table of morality for a meal that if it could talk would probably

say hey idiot if you know what’s good for you, you’ll turn around.

I thought about this this morning, when after reviewing the events of the past two years

while sipping on coffee I realized too many people have grown too comfortable with

generating panic and violence as a backwards way of empowering themselves

and that to truly combat this I must start to gently remind myself and them that

I don’t want to talk about what’s fair or good or ethical for a while, and would rather

have a conversation about simple, pleasureful, everyday things, like my realizing last night

that I liked Sun butter better than peanut butter on my PB & J, if I want to start to

enjoy the mundane again. You’re thinking good luck with that, this guy is living in La La

Land, if he thinks he won’t be brought down in a flaming fuselage of national news,

or that he can ignore the day’s immoralities by simply thinking differently, he probably

doesn’t have kids, and I agree, I am trying to generate an imaginary world where most

of today’s harms: COVID, racism, international inhumanity, a dishonest political climate

and plain old fashioned CEO greed and its counterpart working class social and child neglect

don’t exist at best, and at worst will become far less powerful with less attention,

and admittedly, I’m not getting very far with any of it knowing sleep has a way of

bringing back a moving paper bag of insomnia hiding an anxiety that’s even more terrible,

to the marbled, front steps of peacefulness I’ve erected to ascend over what I’ve tried to ignore.

But feeling alive and worth anything happens each time I try to take care of myself,

whether I fail at it or not, reestablishing a new path of trust and self-compassion that I can

follow when what’s on the news seems too unreal to be real, and only La La Land can

keep me safely and restfully in a life.