I have come to realize that those of my friends and family who remain in this reality are far too afraid to participate in the society we have been given. So they remain on the edges of society hoping for, and cheerleading its demise. Despite any lack of precedent of the world collapsing within our lifetimes, they’d rather spend their lives hoping for this fantasy reality than participating fully in the one we have all been given. When things look bad they’d rather go shop at Costco, stop at the gun shop on their way home, and then post memes on Facebook about how the revolution is coming, rather than rolling up their sleeves and working, or at least donating to their local food bank to make sure others have what they need. It used to make me sad that these people who I love are so scared of the world, and have become so hostile towards me because I no longer share their disturbing beliefs of the world around us. However, I find much more comfort in being out in the world living in diverse communities and being part of the solution, rather than hiding out on the edges with my gun, perpetually shorting society, and always believing that the worst is yet to come.
I wish that I could show the remaining people I know who are doomsdayers a less scary path forward. I wish I could show them the way into a more accepting community of people, and that you might have to leave some toxic people behind. I wish I could help them develop more confidence in themselves so that all their confidence wasn’t derived from a firearm. I wish I could show them how empowering it is to influence government policy even at the local level, let alone at the state, federal, or international level–going beyond just voting. I wish I could show them that I am not simply being elite and better than them, that I am just vibrating at a different frequency than what I was 25 years ago. I wish I could show them how their isolation isn’t protecting them and it is actually just preventing them from ever being truly aware of what their potential is while keeping them in a perpetual state of fear, allowing their chain to be regularly yanked about liberals coming for your guns, brown people coming for your job, and government coming for your everything. Society isn’t going to collapse because we are all out here working our assess off to ensure that we are all taken care of. And the revolution you desire doesn’t have to involve your gun. We can all work together to push forward a non-violent revolution, where it is more about all of us continuing to revolve around each other while still all moving forward collectively to make the world better, and ensure we are all taken care of.