Looking around the world these days it is easy to feel anxiety rising in one’s chest and throat. The forms of pollution and suffering are endless. As in the story of Noah, the earth is full of violence. Change does not seem to be arriving in any great rush, and often it feels as though we are small creatures standing on a precipice with wind raging all about. The threats are terrifying, and the resemblance to medieval depictions of hell not small. Whether we are aware of it or not, our political and environmental landscape erodes our overall sense of well-being, gnawing away at our sense of holiness, sanctity, and peace.

We are accustomed to noting how personal problems affect our levels of stress. We are less aware, however, of the insidious presence of the political atmosphere in which we live and breathe. It...

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