I cannot stop all wars, nor can I prevent them from occurring in the first place.
I cannot stop the cruelty to people. Nor to animals. Or harshness with the environment.
I cannot stop senseless violence, crime and abhorrent actions. Hate continues despite my desires for something else.
This list can continue for another page or 2 or 10, unfortunately. And I cannot stop it all.
There is something I can do. I can choose to be a non-participant in the above. I can avoid the above behaviors, avoid watching or comments on the above and put my energies elsewhere.
What can I/we do with all this energy then?
When I see an animal in distress, I can and will help. Who knows what a simple act of kindness can trigger.
When I see a person in pain, I can and will help. Some one may see this and be inspired to do the same. And another. And another. . . ad infinitum.
I will learn to channel anger, frustration, disappointment, sadness and other emotions into something constructive. They will be acknowledged, but I no longer will be a participant by cultivating or prolonging their existence.
Will I ever fail? Most likely but I recognize that temporary setbacks are part of growth. They are part of learning and will not stop forward progress.
For over 5 decades, I have been a participant in many things, from martial arts to marathons, from wellness teaching to treatments. I remain a steadfast participant in life until I die. Depending upon what my options are in the afterlife, I would like to continue there. (I strongly suspect they have great marathon routes.)
I have also been a participant in frustration and fear and a host in between. From this day forward, I resign my commission and will no longer be a participant. The cost is too great to self and to others. The reward is nil.