You are helpless against it because you ARE it. You are what? I mean by “it” your whole thought-life which is wrapped up and tied with a bow of self-concern. If you could live the plain brown wrapper life of essence, you would know joy for the first time. But it is not easily given. There must be a lifelong wish to awaken in spite of all odds. And they are great, indeed. The world has such a tenacious toehold on us that we scream in agony day in and day out. The planet is groaning under the weight of such pain. Drought, unemployment and people assaulting people exacerbates the problem.
Is there a solution? Begin with accepting the truth of who you are and who you are not. I believe that is called surrender. God does the rest and He does it on His schedule. He doesn’t do it until He knows you have finally exhausted yourself. It is then that the arms of heaven enfold you and you know you can go on. You can go on with no more vain attempts to run the show, to control your ego, to maintain a false front. You are vanquished and in that vanquishment comes a flood of light.
I can’t do anything about my life because I equal my life. I am on the same level as the problem. All I need to do is SEE this clearly and surrender happens! Wait for the miracle. It will come.