The institutions you cling to won’t save you. We have to do the work ourselves
Unity and civility are sometimes mistaken for peace. They aren’t. Unity is just agreement and civility is just being polite. It is easy to unite around violence and to defer to politeness and decorum in service to sadistic ends. It’s harder to live in peace and recognize the dignity in our common humanity.
One of the quickest ways to escalate a conflict is to assign motivation to someone’s actions based on limited information. In a rush to judgement our focus narrows. We react based on a misread of social cues and misinterpretations of events. Emotionally we respond as if our interpretation is fact. If enough of us react this way small disagreements can easily be magnified. What do we lose in recognizing that we are all making decisions and judgements with incomplete information? What is the worst thing that can happen if you take a breath and give yourself room to fully experience your life instead of being reactive and frantically moving from crisis to crisis?