Engagement with the world happens on many levels. One of the most difficult actions is keeping faith in the good of humankind even as you see folks overladen with distractions.
I read Star Wars novels, like to go to blockbuster movies, don’t mind watching a few strings of memes as they develop on the internet. I do this and balance it with reading Edmund Husserl or Martin Heidegger. All of these things can be productive diversions along the Great Way that tell me where I am, how I got there, and whence I might be moving.
I have no resolve to keep reaching out and coaxing folks. I don’t mean I am going to stop blogging. Just that there must be a moment when you recognize that the amount of energy expended in engaging people face to face as well as online is becoming an energy drain.
Withdrawing from those who choose to drown in distractions is a necessity if you will not drown yourself. I don’t want to float in theorizing or splash about in activism.
Mindfulness requires letting-go, retracting, from the many and concentrating on the few.
If faith in the possibility of humankind would survive, you cannot put hope in every single person. Only those who are willing to work. From there, it can spread out.
I don’t mean in a vanguard theory of the elite. Such notions only recreate the systems of control and dominance by which all human beings currently suffer.
I mean that something radical can become rhizomatic as it moves through everyone, making us aware of our interconnectedness.