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The sun came out last week and the clear fresh air was a balm for the soul. This sense of possibility, however, evaporated as soon as I was done with the newspapers. Mass shootings, epic floods, an unrelenting plague and now legitimized vigilantism in Texas’s new pro-life legislation left me to ask: where is the pony in all this? The pessimism that courses through each line on the op-ed pages leaves one with a sense of powerlessness—a feeling of being trapped in rising waters, while waiting for the worst still to come.
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