Dang, I’m tired. Not that “take a nap and wake up refreshed” kind of tired.
Not even “normal night’s sleep in the midst of a crisis” kind of tired.
Nope. I’m “living in the Middle Ages with no reading material, and a life sentence” kind of tired.
Perenially exhausted. Post-Covid, before you remember to start back taking your vitamins kind of tired. The kind of tired that no amount of napping helps. Where you don’t even have the energy to take a shower, get dressed, and get on with your day.
RMS – Repetitive Manana Syndrome.
Situational Fatigue is probably the reason for our turning to hobbies, prep, family, and memes. We are looking to escape for at least a little while. If we can’t escape, we want to make light of our fears. Or, we dedicate ourselves to trying to shore up our reserves, to make the collapse less harmful to those we love.
The Graybeard has a reminder at the end of his post.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. ” Matthew 24:36, New International Version.
I think of the early Christians (and today’s Modern Martyrs), and realize that they were living through such an exhausting period of time. Enemies all around, their lives in danger, and very few of those near them could even be helped to understand.
It’s amazing that so few of them recanted. The pressure must have been enormous. But, with the help of their community of saints, they persevered. And, in time (not THEIR lifetime), their civilization recovered.
We have to face the fact that this may not end in our lifetime. Think of all those dissidents in Communist countries, who died before the regime’s end. Even the immediate aftermath was no bed of roses – the changeover to a new economy was hell. But, eventually, an equilibrium was reached, in which people could pick up the pieces of their lives, and begin to rebuild a country.
No matter what the outcome of 2022 midterms, nor the 2024 election, this will NOT be over. It will NOT solve the problems, without a lot of time, effort, and some luck. It will take the efforts of younger people to carry out the changeover.
So, rather than continue to obsess over the daily events, and repeat – yet again – our rants, let’s focus on building coalitions within our family, our friends, and the local/state communities. Let’s provide a framework for the future.