"I lived through the end of a civil war — I moved back to Sri Lanka in
my twenties, just as the ceasefire fell apart. Do you know what it was
like for me? Quite normal. I went to work, I went out, I dated. This is
what Americans don’t understand. They’re waiting to get personally
punched in the face while ash falls from the sky. That’s not how it happens.
This is how it happens. Precisely what you’re feeling now. The numbing
litany of bad news. The ever rising outrages. People suffering, dying,
and protesting all around you, while you think about dinner. If you’re
trying to carry on while people around you die, your society is not
collapsing. It’s already fallen down."
Via diane a.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics