• Introspection,  Personal Miscellaneous

    Cynicism and Hope

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about good and evil, suffering, injustice, cynicism, and hope. You see, I have family in Ukraine, and I’ve spent nearly two months glued to Twitter feeds and TikTok videos and Reddit threads about the Russian invasion. Watching the horrors unfold before my eyes hour after hour has made my mental state a constant fluctuation of anger and outrage and grief and despair. Sixteen years ago my dad married a wonderful woman from Ukraine. A year later, after I graduated from college, I went on a trip to visit her family. We stayed in Ukraine for two weeks. We spent one week in Kyiv and…