I recently had this talk with my flat mate. He is very aware about how big and entangled the problems in the world are.

But he doesn’t do anything. He says “It’s all so big, how can I change anything of that?”

It’s a wide-spread issue. The solution to it boils down to this:

You need to strengthen your ability to withstand tension.

Think of it like this:

You’re in a dark room. All the beauty of the world, all the positive impact you can have, is behind a door.

But opening this door is really hard. Even trying to open it an inch is like lifting 10 times your weight. And it’s emotionally hard. Every time you touch the door, you feel this huge sadness and desperation sweeping over you, like one of the big waves on a stormy western coast. And then another. And another.

Sitting in the room is less exhausting, but you also feel less. If you sit in the room long enough, you start to feel nothing. No sadness, but also no joy.

If you manage to open the door two or three inches though, magic happens. Ever so slightly, a little trickle of light comes in. You hear sounds of laughter, you smell wondrous smells. Sweet, but spicy.

It’s as if you had opened an empty bottle under water. The air bubbles out and the water swooshes in.

And so, little by little, the darkness bubbles out and intense life swooshes in.

But to open the door, you need to train your muscles. You need to try again and again, trusting there will be light after the effort.  You need to let the sadness wash over you. Even if it sweeps you (or what you think is “you”) away, you will have opened the door to something so much more beautiful.

Put differently:

The answers won’t find you if you don’t ask questions.

Even if we as humanity fail, I’d like to have at least tried. It’s much more fun anyway.

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Photo Credit: Ian T. McFarland