Retaining sanity in the current accelerating collapse is a challenge. Obviously I spend a lot of time reading, thinking, and writing about it plus maintaining my “day job” so the whole thing needs to be managed.
Without going into detail I spent many years in media and technology with positions that were stressful. In those, now, halcyon days the issue was only stress and corporate politics. But I learned not be totally caught in one job. That saved me as I maintained an adjunct position teaching history to college freshman. That required me to move into a completely different world for those classes and forced me to mentally leave the other world behind. It’s hard for me to over emphasize how important that became.
In a sense this is related to your wife’s solution in focusing on two or three positive things. If you look at what I write I do cover a rather diverse range technology, education, philosophy, spiritual changes in addition to the disaster of political failure and climate crisis. It is getting hard, thought.
In the last six months I’ve had to put more time into a health topic, for me at least, and that is early Buddhist history. I do write about that a little also and will be doing more just to give myself a break. That is a growing part of defining the new quantum universe that is happening to us because of discoveries we have made and ideas that are now loose on the planet. Those are the things that shape longer term history if we survive the short term disasters.
I’m increasingly doubtful of the length of our survival, though. We’ve made mistakes at a level that cannot be repaired in a human life time. That usually triggers civilizational collapse but that is hard to define, also.
My hope and my wife’s is our grandkids but that is also the great and growing fear. They are just starting out and all of this will fall on them. They will do the suffering, struggling for survival, and will face our species fate. We may not see more than the start of it but the incredible stupidity of reactionary hatred and willful ignorance that is trying to doom us now is very personal to me. And that begins to eat at you. So I have less and less mercy on the problem people.
It’s hard to say what options may become available to us or not but I think the hole card is moving off this planet. We need to speciate and the only real opportunity is managing to start an orbital civilization before the losses of land and food with mass migrations simply take away the technology and resources to do that.
But maybe it doesn’t really matter in the end. We are learning new ways of seeing the universe we live in everyday. Maybe there are other routes we can take.