I am frightened of
- A gradual (or not so gradual) slide into global fascism
- The gradual (or not so gradual) disintegration of Western civilisation
- The dawning of an age of brutality and barbarism
- The destruction of all good and beauty in the world
- The destruction of humanity itself
- The destruction of life on the planet
- The extinction of many species
- The destruction of natural habitats
- The assets and achievements of mankind being wiped out and forgotten
- Destruction on such a scale that material advancement can never again be achieved because surface minerals have largely been used
Why am I frightened of these things?
- Physical, emotional, spiritual pain
- Seeing the physical, emotional, or spiritual pain of others
- Loss of hope for myself, humanity, and life on the planet
- Sense of futility of myself and humanity
God, please remove the fear.
What would God have me be, think, and do?
- Humble: I am not a soothsayer, fortune-teller, or prophet and cannot see the future.
- Humble: I cannot fix the world but I can be a force in the lives of people around me.
- Humble: existence and goodness represent purpose in themselves.
- Remember that eternity lies in the moment.
- Be grateful for what I currently have and for what the world has achieved in the past and in the present.
- Remember the billions of good people on the planet.
- Pray for the peace of others.
- Pray that we can all play our role in God's plan for humanity.
- Connect spiritually and in our hearts with all others, whether or not they are seeking God, whether or not they know they are seeking God.
- Ask God for His will for me on all levels: practically, intellectually, spiritually.
- Keep my eyes on the present and the work of the day OR keep my eyes on eternity.
- Examine the past or the future only in order to devise the work of the day under the direction of God.
- Be active and resourceful and, in between, rest in God.
- Decorate my life with natural and man-made beauty in whatsoever form.
- Do not engage in cynicism, doom-mongering, gloom, despondency, negativity, fear, reproach, grievance, or unnecessary criticism, even when true.
- Remember that there are four hundred billion stars in the galaxy, and one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe: there is beauty and the potential for life in endless variation: even if the story on earth ends, the story is not over.
- Human consciousness in its manifest form is not the alpha and omega: whatever we come from cannot be destroyed by us any more than the implosion of a snow globe destroys the Person holding it, Who created it.
- Remember that God is constantly active in every human heart and that we can affect the hearts of those around us through our own good acts and silent peace.
- Be comfortable in not knowing.
- Instead: rest in the palm of God.