I understand darkness–been there, done that. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy, a positive feedback of negativity. It can easily turn into despair, which is paralyzing, and it sounds as if you may already be there.
I am not disputing any of the ghastly things you see. I see them all, and there is very little you and I together can do to banish them. I turn away from them and LOOK for things people are doing that push us collectively in the other direction, and for opportunities to help or create my own.
In order to see them one has to actively LOOK for them, even to see the ones that are in plain sight. Here are three:
McKibben’s 350.org is one of the largest activist movements of all time. I don’t know how many people contribute and participate worldwide, but it exists in virtually every country on the planet, nearly 200 of them. It was solely responsible for the campaign to convince large institutions to sell their holdings of financial paper (stocks and bonds) issued by the fossil fuel industries. Even the Rockefeller organizations are disposing of their interests in those industries!
The neoliberal “Trans-Pacific Partnership,” which would have greatly enhanced the already obscene power of corporations worldwide, was stopped not by T-Rump but by an enormous public campaign that lasted several years. Participants included not only just about every progressive organization on the planet (Public Citizen and its many affiliates, EFF, all organized labor–I have lists with hundreds of organizations that were involved), but also tiny grass-roots groups of academics, politicos, honest economists, and just interested parties. Building on that background, it should not be too hard to stop NAFTA 2.0, which of course incorporates most of the evils of TPP.
Greenpeace has devised creative ways to slow and sometimes thwart completely many egregiously destructive corporate adventures for nearly 50 years, most of them destructive of the environment on which all life depends. They have done so against powerful and well organized interests that have sought to put them put of business, including the bombing of their first ship on direct orders from President Mitterrand of France! That is just the tip of a very large iceberg, and says nothing of the organization’s educational activities.
4 (bonus). Here is a very small one that I’m sure you have never heard of: Walk Out, Walk On, a small but growing movement (the book was published in 2011) that began in an effort to address the school dropout problem worldwide but quickly applied the principle to dead-end situations of other kinds. Here’s another: Slow Food, a community approach to funding for “Slow Food” (yet another movement, now approaching 30 years).
To say that these organizations have not eliminated their opposition is to miss the point: Evil will never be eliminated, and the doo-doo in which we stand would be much deeper today were it not for just these three groups. Without the thousands of others, we probably would not be having this conversation at all.
But in order even to look to see more of that bigger picture, one must somehow drag oneself up from the depths of despair. This comment began by acknowledging the truth of the discouraging and dispiriting events that are the subjects of many of the articles on this and other web sites with similar missions.
Unfortunately I cannot provide you with a magic key to help you to rise above all that. Personally I like Kierkegaard, even though I consider myself an atheist. He refers to despair as “The sickness unto death” (from the story of Lazarus), at mind-numbingly repetitions length, but his definition of despair is worth noting. I also recommend the comments toward the bottom of the page on the article, “Confluence of Trump’s Climate Villainy . . .,” to which you also contributed. I think that particular quote from Einstein is simplistic (not everything he said was brilliant!), but the one from Pratchett, which I had not heard, IS brilliant, and fundamental, the reason I added an earlier one to the same effect. Baba Ram Dass’s “Be Here Now” is in that same vein.