Objectively speaking, the world has had a pretty sh*tty week.
- Massacre in two New Zealand mosques by a right wing extremist who proudly posted it live on social media
- Rockets in Tel Aviv
- Response in Gaza
- Terror cell found in Syrian Golan Heights
- Boeing 737 Max 8 making air travel scarier than ever
- Scandal in the US of parents cheating the system to get their over-privileged children into higher-tier universities
- Scandal in Korea of a Korean pop star who offered sex services for business investment that snowballed into a bigger scandal involving hidden-camera sex videos shared in chatrooms
- Spa sex scandal in the US, which shines a light on human trafficking all over the US while delegitimizing the massage therapist profession
- Learning about the despicable crimes of R. Kelly and Jussie Smollett, and wondering why Paul Manafort got off so lightly
- Anti-Semitism showing itself on the Left and the Right (around the world)
- Ugly election campaigns
- Preventable diseases making a comeback because of misinformation and ungrounded fear
It’s weeks like this that make me think it might be a good idea to get off social media and stop reading the news.
I actually had a pretty good week.
- Finished a big project on gender equality in the workplace
- Saw a matinee of Captain Marvel and walked home in my blue suede shoes
Short review: So. Much. Fun!
Best feminist line: “I don’t have to prove anything to you!”
Best multi-level joke: Cat named Goose
- Cheered for the runners in the Jerusalem Marathon – it rained the day before and the day after, but the on the day of the race, the weather was perfect
- Took time for self-care, cooking (mushroom barley soup and quinoa fennel cranberry salad), and baking (molasses cookies)
This is not an ode to being selfish. Rather it’s a reminder to be grateful for the blessings in your own life and trying to make your corner of the world a little bit brighter. Human beings always have a choice. We can choose to have good people in our lives and do good things. We’ll slip from time to time and hopefully learn to do better.
But if we start to believe that the world is dark, horrible, filled with evil, and nothing we do even matters in the great scheme of things, well, then we will have a lot more weeks like this one.
So instead of looking at the world and saying “whatever,” let’s look at the world and say “nevertheless!”