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Dear Diary,

My heart is heavy.

Each day I wake up bombarded by another tragedy.

The news shouts of hatred, death, and lies.

Society tells us who and what we should despise.

Extremes to the left and right of every cause and belief.

Demagogues exploiting our fears and our grief.

I am constantly combating tears and anxiety.

Terrified at our loss of humanity.

This, Dear Diary, is why my heart is so heavy.

I just needed to get this out of my head. My 10th grade English teacher would be mortified at the simplicity but it is honest and right now that’s all I have.