A thing I think people forget in the midst of all the hurt and anger of the current political climate is that we need to maintain our capacity for kindness. And I’m not talking about passivity – that’s something different, something far more harmful.
I’m talking about the kindness that is telling your Uber driver to get home safely, or overtipping your delivery person, or checking in with your loved ones. I’m talking about kindness in the vein of taking care of one another – not because it’s the performative thing to do, but because you legitimately believe that people deserve safety and happiness.
That kindness, I think, mixed with the liberal application of radical love and tenderness – the love that kills dragons, the love that enables people to put themselves in danger for each other, the love that lives for sacrifice, and risk, and protection – is how we save the world, in the end.