A Skill for Troubled Times
Difficult times might be coming. A cycle of violence, like the period from World War I —Russian Revolution—World War II, might begin in 2019. Hatred and irrationality are growing.
Your skills will be needed.
If not a violence cycle, some regions might be hit by natural disasters. Others may experience famine or economic collapse. In these new cycles, we will need you to save us.
What we need is you to develop your ability to stay calm. The psychologist Rollo May said:
Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. . . . One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can “be”, that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.
This blog encourages you to teach yourself to be successful. You can do that in several ways. But sharing your inner strength might be the most important competency right now.
People might want to kill others because of their ethnicity, like Hitler did. Or people might want to kill others because their farms are a little bigger, like Hitler’s mentor Lenin did. Both types of hatred are simmering. Maybe they are the same thing. Either way, please help is to make good choices by ignoring mass hysteria.
Maybe these sorts of problems will not occur again, but if they do, we depend on you to be ready. We’ll be too busy shouting slogans or running for cover.
::: Be fierce. Be kind. Be knowledge-hungry. :::