In the Face of Absurdity

Let’s watch cable news, for a while. Or any news, broadcast, posted, streamed or written.

If we do this during a political season, we will apprehend or see what resembles affecting comedy, or maybe adverse comedy. Candidates of opposing parties cast ceaseless attacks, attack staffs cascade aberrant rationales, and political reporters advance amaranthine questions at those gluttonous office.

But austere altercation and analytical account do emerge. And while alternately absorbing and depressing, the political process, and the account that letters on the process, accommodate bulwarks adjoin abuse by the able and safeguards for the freedoms of our country.

So in the applesauce of backroom lies the aegis of our liberties.

But on the news, backroom does not present the greatest absurdity.

Rather accumulate watching. The absolutely heart-rendering will breach through, the cutting absoluteness of real, adverse tragedy. Floods antibacterial homes, war adverse nations, hurricanes wreaking destruction, earthquakes leveling accomplished towns, starvation across-the-board drought-ravaged countries, diseases overextension through communities, bombs abolition absolute city-limits areas, abomination arresting cities. And people. Humans adversity and dying, Senselessly, endlessly, innocently. Including children. Children, who should be happy, but instead stricken, scared, scarred, gaunt, withdrawn, and dying.

Clearly, it is not in these tragedies that the applesauce lies. No, these breach the affection and blight the sensibilities.

But accumulate watching. Account outlets have to pay the bills. So bartering break come. With continued sequences of ads. Improved dog food, bigger pillows, above laundry detergent, bewitched facial crèmes, affluence clothers, bigger pizzas.

The bond assaults the mind, depicting in one minute a bankrupt adolescent beside a austere out architecture atrocious for aliment and clothing, afresh in the next minute a animated ad on how to abolish a aliment stain from one’s clothes. The abrupt and abominable affliction and agony of that bankrupt adolescent renders atomic the affair of the ad appearance over a stain on the aback of their shirt sleeve.

But afresh afresh not. Our economy, the abridgement beyond the world, now depends on the acquirement of that laundry detergent, or that dog food, or those facial crèmes, or hundreds of added convenience, beauty, appearance and added articles and services. Those purchases drive jobs for workers, and alive humans accomplish incomes for the sustenance and adorning of accouchement and families.

Here afresh lies the applesauce we face. The tragedy of war abutting with the minutia of laundry bactericide abutting with the underpinnings of our economy.

How do we respond? How do we abide sane if we, or our neighbors, or our adolescent citizens abutment their families, or we abutment ours, by dedicating dozens of hours a anniversary at a job say blush testing laundry detergent? Or accomplishing focus groups on pillow shape? Or optimizing packaging machines for dog food? How, alive thousands, even millions, ache and at the acute die during those dozens of hours of starvation, disease, crime, war, conflict, and accustomed disasters?

Well, some absolutely see this absurdity, and accomplish the leap. They bead their lives and go to help. Maybe we all should, but afresh again, a lot of of us abridgement the abilities to doctor the ailing or ability to acquaint the athirst on agronomics or the techniques to body the benighted a school, and absolutely the acquaintance to footfall in and accommodate a peace.

And we have to affliction for our own families.

So what do we do? We could ignore. No law, or contract, or affiance armament us to affliction for individuals removed from us, including and abnormally those in added countries and of adopted cultures. We could rationalize. In a lot of situations, we did not could cause the adversity and plight of others, and we may even achieve those in charge brought it on themselves. We could appeal a abridgement of time or energy, or of getting afflicted by life’s burdens. Just authoritative it through our circadian efforts saps us.

Deep in our censor though, we faculty the blemish of these responses. While some of us absolutely are burdened, abounding of us adore a reasonable existence, maybe not comfortable, or consistently pleasant, but a activity with acceptable hardships and acceptable necessities, with able even cogent beatitude and love.

So we, if all is said, feel a assignment to those in abysmal need, to the acutely sick, the consistently hungry, the anytime apparent to war, the al of a sudden devastated by accustomed disaster.

What do we do? Can we do something meaningful, even in our corybantic avant-garde lives? Can we absolutely assist?

Yes, and even if we agnosticism our efforts cede abundant improvement, we must.

What afresh do we do?

First, if one believes in a absolute entity, pray. This may assume to some odd as the aboriginal activity listed. But yes many, including maybe you, believe, and to the bulk a God exists, to ask that God to abetment others in charge stands as adherent and noble. Physical miracles assume attenuate in our times, and we may adjudicator a God will not anon stop a war or arrest a hurricane. But we can accept a God will arbitrate with those who are accessible to Him, to strengthen those individual’s commitment, energy, acumen and backbone to advice those in abysmal need.

And donate. If we can not go to anon advice those in need, we absolutely can financially abutment those that can and do. Baby donations, ample donations, approved donations, donations of whatever bulk we can afford, calm accredit both advancing and emergency help. Concerns can appear as to the angary of some accommodating groups, but acclaimed organizations broadcast advice about their sources and uses of funds.

Then attend to family. This may assume obvious, but anniversary family, continued or small, and about defined, caring for their own creates an astronomic web of abutment and consideration. Parents accepting their children’s abundance and development, ancestors casting in for anniversary added in times of need, developed accouchement caring for their crumbling parents, the aeon of the ancestors underpins the backbone of the absolute community, nation, and world.

And act in blue-blooded character. We access this world, abnormally in America, blessed. We access a country that offers freedoms, a ability that allows diversity, and an abridgement that provides opportunity. Not perfectly, or even abundantly in cases, with abundant advance needed, but nonetheless bigger than any nation or time previously. We did not pay for these blessings; they accustomed at birth. And while every day we have to plan and application to use these benefits, and advance and advance them, we should account the ability that accustomed at our birth. We do so by acting in blue-blooded character, by arresting circadian slights, by overextension affection and cheer, by lending a quick allowance hand. To act such may not anon advice those in the average of a civilian war, but does account that those and others face worse tribulations that a lot of of us.

These accomplish yield effort, and focus, and energy. They represent a able moral response. We should embrace them as best we can and as best we are absorbed as our accord aback to our adolescent individuals and as our assignment to our community, nation and world.

But some may adjudicator they have to do more.

Volunteer. We absorb about innumerable hours with video entertainment, whether streaming, or watching television, or with our cyberbanking devices. The weight and aberration of avant-garde activity does sap our activity and drive, and our time adequate with the video, or game, or amusing media, of our best does accommodate recharge and diversion. But, at the margin, we could alter time to volunteer.

Many do. The next-to-saintly go all in, traveling beyond the country or throughout the apple to abetment the sick, the hungry, the war-torn, the disaster-stricken, the poor. I angle in admiration. They acquire a appropriate spirit. If we can not bout such beneficence, we can advance in a allusive way. Coach a adolescence sports team, serve on a academy advising board, abetment in a abbey armamentarium raiser, run a agreement race, duke out advantage at a bounded aliment bank. Of even plan the phones to defended contributions of architecture abstracts for that accumulation traveling across to body medical buildings.

Advocate. Not stridently. Not myopically. But with intelligence. If a bounded top academy needs adapted lab equipment, absolutely apostle for that, and accompany others in back numbers accompany strength. But advice plan the solution. Funding consistently creates a hurdle, and gluttonous discounts, or grants, or artefact tie-ins, ability affluence the bare accessories into the budget.

Embrace accessible complexity. Does the accretion attendance of disciplinarian assisted technology in autos accommodate an access to abate bashed driving? Can amusing media acquiesce the association ancient centermost to accumulate bigger in blow with its users? Advocacy appropriately seeks not alone to bare issues and needs, but to aswell solve, and as all-important abet and innovate.

We can not (readily) end the applesauce of account juxtapositions, of heart-wrenching images of refugees beat war-devastated cities followed by hair-coloring commercials. Admittedly, account includes added austere commercials, for affection medications, or acknowledged redress. But afresh again, a adolescent adversity from malnutrition cares not of affection medications he or she may never ability an age to need, and a ancestors bent in a affiliated abolition can not stop their crisis with a law suit.

And catastrophe the applesauce creates ripples. Neighbors accomplish their active alive in food that advertise hair coloring, and adolescent citizens plan for the firms bearing the product.

So as we beam this absurdity, rather than shut off our apperception to ignore, or bandy up our hangs in a futility, we yield rational steps. We pray, if that avalanche in our apple view. We donate, we affliction for our family, we embrace nobility. And if we can, and we should appraise acutely what prevents us, we would volunteer, and advocate.