Michael Gerson: Defining emotion of our time is anxiety

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  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2019 2:28 p.m.

    I believe that we need to do all we can to do good and be productive. And there still is a God in charge. The question of suffering and evil? It boils down to agency, also known as free will. But in the end, things will work out, and everyone will get his/her just due.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Dec. 31, 2018 7:13 a.m.

    "Is it true?"

    What if it's true that we're our own superheroes? Believing it's all in our own hands gives me far greater hope (and incentive) than waiting for a superhero god to save us. After all, these gods have seen fit to leave many to terrible suffering for thousands of years (think disease, slavery, etc.). What if it's the current god's plan to leave Americans to their current straits (and the concomitant anxiety)?

    I believe in humans. I believe in the human instinct for self-preservation, our capacity for compassion, and our natural desire to avoid suffering - for ourselves and our loved ones. Each of these things leads us to act now, not wait to be saved.

    I also believe in the American system of self-governance, in our capacity to retrieve it from the oligarchs and fascists, and in our ability to re-shape it to meet current and future realities. I believe in the idea that is America and that's a sufficient rallying point for me. No gods required.