One of my friends is an activist type. I guess we all may have one or two, or more, of those as our friends. Currently that means anti-mask/anti-vax. I consider such persons to be entitled to their opinion. A strong consideration, however, is that we are sharing space and we must be prudent in our dealings with each other in a highly toxic environment; both subtly and physically. Viruses are real and deadly.
In general, the atmosphere these days is so intense, regardless of which side of the fence you sit on; for or against the vaccination. One area of deliberation is, “Can we stay as friends and not allow this psychological warfare, of sorts, to tear us apart?” All situations, both social and/or political are temporary and are relative fixations. The optional way to view such circumstances is the spiritual component. I believe that is what’s missing.
I didn’t get to walking much today, but for an embarrassing one kilometre, and that was to purchase two orchids for the ashram as a powerful pick-me-up, visually, during the dead of winter. I felt justified in doing so. During that rare trip to the florists, I contemplated on today’s Gita verse, 2.41. “Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one. O beloved child of the Kurus, the intelligence of those who are irresolute is many branched.”
The verse emphasizes life’s spiritual purpose. Let us not get so worked up that our prime target of believing and loving the Supreme gets pushed to the side.