am calling this series “patience and fury” though I could just as well
call it “empathy and apathy”, “mercy and punishment”, or “hope and
despair”. It is a familiar refrain to hear that people, communities, and
nations are polarized or have become more polarized. I believe that
this is true, and that this division and opposition is not just
external, between parties, but internal as well. What we do externally,
in the tangible world, is mirrored within. What we hold within ourselves
is mirrored and translated into external actions. Most of the people I
know, myself included, are facing multiple issues at once that range in
scale from the interpersonal to the global. These internalized
polarizations, these dichotomies in our psyches, are like unruly horses.
Sometimes they drag the chariot of our lives off course or off the
road. Sometimes we are thrown from the chariot and trampled in the
tangle of competing principles and urges. Sometimes all we can do is to
be stuck in a full stop.