Saturday, May 27, 2017

Because nothing matters anymore?

In the current political and cultural climate, a new chilling phrase has been making the rounds. When something unthinkable, unprecedented, unreal, unbelievable, unpredictable happens, I often hear people say or read a headline that says "because nothing matters anymore."
"Nothing matters anymore..." This is one of the most terrifying phrases I heard in years, maybe ever.  It is the equivalent of "the patient is no longer responding to treatment. There is nothing else we can do." It sounds like "all bets are off" or "the situation is hopeless." When psychologists refer to a state of mind, a state of being when "nothing matters anymore" that's the classic sign of a deep depression. 

Wow... is this true!? Does nothing really matter anymore? Nothing at all? Not love? Not compassion? Not empathy? Basic human dignity? Not history? Truth? Freedom? Decency?  Goodness?  Wisdom? Nothing? If it's true, than it's devastating. 

Well, I am willing myself to not buy it. Everything matters. You matter. Life matters. And while we are digging ourselves out of the rut, this dark place, I will keep re-reading this wonderful quote by L.R. Knost and following her sage advice:

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you."

Onward, with love, light and intention!