The message I had thought to write - that I did write -for this morning's post was actually written in the throes of last weekend. I looked at again and thought it was probably a bit more than what was actually needed.
There was a point in it where I mentioned the idea of effectively being non-remarkable - that, I think still stands. Especially in the age of social media, it is all too easy for unwanted attention to be driven to us for the least of reasons - or updating the words of an old saying, I never had to explain away something I never posted.
I also, for myself, am finding communication with others to be a much more difficult thing. And it is not so much that is in the communicating; instead, it is in the very effort of communicating. It is becoming difficult because the effort of communicating with those who one disagrees is so, well, disagreeable that one would simply rather avoid the whole thing entirely.
There has come, in the last few weeks, much more of a concept of staying within the four walls that I live (or maybe venturing out occasionally to a book store). The world outside of them has less and less to offer me in terms of interest or opinions or goods. The important work, the writing and the pondering and the thinking, all happen right here.
So my advice, friends, in a more measured and less panicked tone than in my original post, is to realize that the times are savage. Do not kid yourself they are anything but, and that more and more people are looking for reasons to attack and destroy others. Do not give it to them. Live quietly, live humbly, and let the inner life and the life you share with those closest to you be your focus, not the wide world beyond whatever four walls you live in. It may not preserve you from a flood, but it will at least settle your mind and keep you focused on what is truly valuable.