“The more you talk about it, rehash it, rethink it, cross analyze it, respond to it, get paranoid about it, compete with it, complain about it, immortalize it, cry over it, kick it, defame it, stalk it, pray over it, put it down, or dissect its motives, it continues to rot in your brain...”
Shannon L. Adler
This pretty much describes America right now. Maybe the rest of the world, too, though I doubt it. We have spent the last two years talking about nothing but the insane politics of our time. The election has consumed us, and with the advent of a Trump presidency, we have become irrationally paranoid and obsessed. In Shannon Adler's words, it has rotted our brains.
There is a time when talking and rehashing is healing and restorative. After a personal loss, we need to process our feelings. After something amazing happens, we assimilate it by talking through it, and coming to an understanding of how it impacts our life. When we're trying to clarify our thoughts and feelings, it's helpful to discuss, and listen to other opinions before coming to a conclusion. But paranoid obsession about anything is neither healthy, nor helpful. It is simply one manifestation of fear run amok; it takes away our ability to reason.
The problem with paranoia is that it tends to spread from one aspect of life to the next. On television right now, there's a commercial for cough medicine that shows the vapor field of a cough as a purple cloud spreading like a wave to wash over everyone around. Paranoia is like that—it spreads from one area of life, such as politics, to others, like friends and family. Gradually, we see everyone and everything as suspect.
One solution for combating mistrust is to get out and do something purposeful. Give a helping hand to your fellow humans. Get involved in the world, in making a difference in your community. If there's a cause that's dear to your heart, volunteer your time. There's no better way to restore confidence in the decency of humanity than to exemplify it.
In the Spirit,