It is impossible to insulate yourself from the chaos of the world. We can search for some sort of inner peace, but at some point you must recognize that there is no outer peace. Life and death are normal - the way of the world - but I refuse to believe that violence and terror is normal. Perhaps that is naive, since violence is ongoing, always has been. Yesterday, a shooting in Ottawa, a 3 year old murdered in Jerusalem.
At the same time, I try to record some song about feeling peaceful. Is that callous? Is it absurd?