The psychological need for understanding the world is joined by two other needs that underlie conspiracism—feeling safe, and belonging to social groups that affirm or encourage self-respect.
We shouldn’t stop consulting traditional world maps, with their borders and demarcations. But we could probably all benefit from a glance at the Pale Blue Dot map, too.
What scientific and religious tools can we use to help us deal with trauma?
We are mindful of that web that connects all of us, and we will, God-willing, emerge to tread more softly, honoring one another in our shared human vulnerability.
When we join hands we do so with wounds still open.
Once I accept reality, I can begin to work on the world as it is, rather than the world that exists in my head.
If I shut the door entirely and write off and not engage with 40% of the American population, then I’m actually part of the problem.