…don’t want to adjust. But they have to, if they’re going to reclaim their health and peace of mind. Characters in dystopian fiction have a quiet kind of resilience. They’ve acclimated and adapted to circumstances we would find horrifying. They learn ways to do a l…
We are learning that we need that quiet kind of resilience. We don't have it. That comes with the need to regularly bury people you know and love then doing what needs to be done to keep going.
It also means learning to expect that authority, in the from it now exists, is not helpful and often evil. That is hard for generations raised in a country where you could trust authority to fair even if petty.
But now we know that was a lie also but we just hadn't been on the receiving end of that if we were from the ruling class. For decades we didn't even know that was what we were but that was just stupidity and buying the bullshit that was acceptable.
We need to become small and careful and very protective of all around us who we can actually trust. They need to be diverse enough to provide what we need and help hold small spaces open for happiness. Nothing, nothing can be taken for granted.