The best way to avoid being pulled into the maelstrom of the world is to be anchored in the wisdom of the ages.
Clear thought demands clear definitions.
“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” (John 12:32)
“To be always seeking after the useful,” said Aristotle, “does not become free and exalted souls.”
“Christ assumed a body,” said St. Macarius, “and using the cross as his plowshare, cultivated the barren soul of man.”
God is patient in his work of breaking up the hard soil of our souls.