What Can I Do?

Robyne Stevenson
4 min readJul 31, 2021
Photo by Morgan Sessions on Unsplash

The headlines are apocalyptic. Delta disaster, insurrection, mask mandate madness, and perhaps the worst — children contracting Covid. I haven’t even included climate change that is worsening and gun violence that is escalating. I feel helpless.

This daily parade of horror includes hurling insults, pithy one-liners, pointing fingers, and brazen lying by politicians and pundits. Some days I only want to pull the blanket up and bury myself from the drama. I feel hopeless.

I engage in some of the online public discourse. I try to reason with anti-vax former friends. I post scientific information and hit the like button on those same items I come across. Mainly I exist in a bubble of like-minded people who bolster our position and tear down the opposition. I feel exhausted.

The opposition is what scares me most. How can we be living in a time and space where people are opposed to science and public health measures? How can we take seriously any politician who pretends that 1/6 was normal? How can we fathom people who say the virus isn’t realand who won’t wear a mask? I cannot square these positions in the face of science, compassion, and data. And continuing to try to square it will only entrench me and my opponents. I feel defeated.

Friends, in these perilous times, it is up to those of us who can and will, to take a breath.

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Robyne Stevenson

I travel the country in my Airstream meeting people and enjoying life. I’m a writer. I was a Professor of Politics. Things change.