If you still follow the news (I mostly quit 3 years ago, but somehow some things are impossible to miss), or watch documentaries, or inform yourself otherwise about humanity, you may be feeling a bit like me: hopeless, lost, scared, confused, and even angry. And then, like me, you may run into someone who tells you that getting angry is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die. Something which in a moment of extreme anger feels totally true. So then - looking at all the selfish, self-serving decisions of some of our fellow humans, conveniently those with money (read: with power), how do you manage to continue to love humankind? I am writing this blog as more of a real question that I pose to you. I am looking for your responses; because honestly, I don't know. It's a question I've asked myself all year long. It's a struggle I've wrestled with; and in my personal program of spirituality, I keep coming back to unconditional love, non-judgement, faith, trust, hope, patience, acceptance - all the spiritual principles that in the end leave me feeling like a pansy who is allowing herself and her beautiful planet and her beautiful cohabitants of that planet to be taken advantage of. When is violence justified? When is the moment to take a stand? How do I take that stand? How do I not lose hope? In Yogic philosophy, one of the kleshas, or causes of suffering, is ignorance that we are all part of the one greater consciousness. So those who trample on me and the rest of the world are also part of that greater consciousness. They are also part of me - and you. But how do we keep them from destroying everything beautiful? Can we? Should we?