Re how to handle all this terrible news.
You have to compartmentalize. Most people handle this by glancing at the headlines and then going about their business.
We have taken a deep plunge into learning about what is being done by the government in our name. It's painful.
To keep sane, which I know a little bit about, it is necessary to retreat from this knowledge often. Time to rest, think about children and beauty and life, build up energy for one more foray.
Passion is the driving energy, but we must be able to take a step back and consider things intellectually. This is what we do in surgery at the children's hospital in Russia where I work, where a nearly dead child has her heart cut open in front of us. Emotions? Not so helpful at that moment. Need to focus on what to do.