HM, I hope everything ends up okay with your friend's friend. It's such a scary and trying situation.
Oh DBA you just make me want to cry and give you the biggest hug! This really is the closest thread on HF, I believe. I could post anything here without being judged, knowing I will fully have everyone's support. -BIG GROUP HUG-
I also look to my horses to keep myself grounded. When everything is in my life is hectic, dramatic, insane, I look to Henny to quell me. Just looking at him soothes my heart and puts a smile on my face. I hope that, as a leader, I bring some similar comfort to him.
In the words of Patton Oswald, "I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'"
There on the tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he; How joyous his neigh,
there in the midst of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he; how joyous his neigh