Friday Open Thread

This is one of those days where it’s hard to be all “Friday FriYAY” because, like, have you been reading the news?

I keep reminding myself that my locus of control is limited, and that I should do what I can to help people in need (today I called my representatives and asked them to do their part to improve the treatment of people in border detention camps) and then, well… it’s like this combination of not dwelling on it while not forgetting about it and not becoming desensitized to it.

Which is an easier plan of action when I’m worried about something like the threat of nuclear war. The thought pattern in that case goes:

Are we in a nuclear war right now? NO.

Is there anything you can do to prevent a nuclear war? NO. (UNLESS YOU COUNT VOTING, WHICH ISN’T AN OPTION IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.)

In that case, what is the best use of your time? LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST, TO BORROW A CLICHE.

When I’m thinking about the abuse of individuals and families in U.S. detention centers, on the other hand, it’s more like:

Are people being abused in detention camps right now? YES, ACCORDING TO ALL AVAILABLE EVIDENCE.

Is there anything you can do to prevent or stop this abuse? NOT DIRECTLY. (VOTING IS STILL NOT AN OPTION AT PRESENT.)

In that case, what is the best use of your time? UM… I CALLED MY REPRESENTATIVES AND WROTE A “HOW TO PROTEST HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES” POST FOR LIFEHACKER, SO… I MEAN, DO YOU JUST GO BACK TO “LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST” AFTER THAT? NOT REALLY. BUT ALSO MAYBE. I’M STILL GOING TO WRITE MY 1000 WORDS TODAY, AFTER ALL.

So that’s what I’m thinking about today.

The thread is open. ❤️

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