What the Lord of the Rings has to say to Harvey, Joel, Donald, and the rest of us

It has been raining in South Texas for days, hurricane Harvey deluging Rockport, Houston, and elsewhere as it meanders, unruffled by the attention, north.

The current Twitter kerfuffle is whether the Houston-based megachurch run by televangelist Joel Osteen is open for refugees from the flooding or not, with one set of twitterers using the situation to prove the invalidity of churches (and Christians) per se, and another set alternately saying that the church cannot open due to flooding, or that it has opened so poop on you.

The President of the United States has proved himself to be tacitly and complicitly racist. Again. As he was proved a sexist, manhandling, divisive, lying, self-centered, stinking-from-the-head spoiled, incompetent, blowhard decades ago. And again. And again.

Usually at this point I'd quote something from the Bible to remind us both that goodness has already won, whether we can see it or not. 

But I ran across this, from the movie Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Harris County Sheriff's deputy Rick Johnson saving children in Houston flood.

SAM: I know. It's all wrong. By rights, we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really matter. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was because so much bad happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing. This shadow, even darkness, must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?
[Sam takes Frodo, helps him to his feet, looks into his eyes and speaks with quiet conviction.]
SAM: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.

@@Stay in The Great Story, friends, and keep fighting.@@