A few thoughts on hopelessness
Thank you Garrett. And for the church-going readers of this newsletter: https://fmumc.org/devotionals/just-breathe/
Thank you, Garrett. As always, you help me make sense of what my heart is struggling with.
You said you write, at the core, the same newsletter every week. I think that might be because the world needs the reminder every week. Please keep it up—there are infinite variations and facets on your main through line. It’s also a really accessible way to dig into thinking about what it is we’re all doing here in this life.
I don’t mean to diminish your excellent points, but you state, “I live in a country where, every few weeks, a massacre occurs...” which caught my attention. There have been 27 school shootings in the US so far in 2022. We’re almost 22 weeks into the year. That is not all mass shootings, the ones at grocery stores, etc. Just schools: more than one a week. In total, there were 213 mass shootings in the US as of May 15. That’s not one every few weeks; that’s more than one a day.
As a former Milwaukeean and fellow writer and parent, thank you for finding the words to articulate exactly what’s been weighing on my mind.
Thank you for your thoughtful words that pry my mind open bit more.
care and solidarity to you and your family
Thank you Garrett. ❤️
Feeling solidarity with all that you have written.
I would like to start with the fact that there are many people and races that enjoy the shooting sports ,hunting and owning and bearing arms. I live in Alaska and I hunt. There are too many people in our country who can survive by not working not laboring and staying busy and too much time on their hands. Maybe I am naïve and it seems like a busy person has no time to scheme up harm for others especially if you’re just trying to pay your bills and get to the point where I am, I own a home, have a small pension and comfortable. Laboring and carpentry work most of my life and still working some in my 70s