In the article, Anderson says that the reason we feel we are so messed up sometimes is because of our environment: we're pickled because we are constantly soaking in really messed-up brine. Think of the 24-hour news cycle with its barrage of negativity and fear, the constant friction between pragmatists and ideologues (example: Have you ever wondered if "ideologue" and "idiot" have a common root word?), the partisanship and corruption in government, wars around the world, economic inequality, pollution and overpopulation . . . Do you feel pickled yet?
Well, Mr. Anderson argues that the best way to de-brine your mind is to fill it with healthy antidotes. He offers pithy quotes based on the specific issue you are struggling with. Here's an example:
If you struggle with low self-esteem, try these thoughts on for size:
Between God and the soul there is no between. (Julian of Norwich)See the Supreme in the body, see the Supreme in the mind. (Yogaswami)
We'll have more de-brining antidotes next time.