It’s been five months since my last post. Ironically it was about starting, which I did on that day, but then didn’t nearly every day since. Such is the writer’s life.
You might be thinking that after a five month hiatus I’d have something stellar to say but you’d be wrong. This post is mostly random and contains little of consequence, but in order to overcome the inertia besetting me I had to put something, anything, out there. Out here? Whatever.
Since I last had something to say, we lost David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Prince. Prince hurt y’all. Also, the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, Leo won his Oscar, Cuba opened, Sport’s Authority closed, the Pope got an Instagram, Beyoncé came out with Lemonade and 51% of the GOP lost their freaking minds.
Other stuff happened too. Murderous stuff. Belgium. And Lahore. Three bombings in Turkey since February and several attacks in Africa that aren’t news because, they were in Africa. Did you know that Boko Haram who operates primarily in Nigeria has now overtaken Isis as the world’s deadliest terrorist group? I didn’t either until just this second. We must know about this kind of stuff.
It’s not enough to only know of course. There is also the do. But what can we do? I don’t know. Do you have any ideas?
The world has gone mad friends. But I am not without hope. I believe in humanity. I believe God gave us the desire and ability to overcome, to rise above, to be for the collective good, as evidenced by our behavior in tragedy. Remember how we were with each other after 9/11? After Columbine? No one was a stranger, we were all in it together. Could we find a way to be those people without all of the killing?
I believe we can. I believe we can compassionately solve all of the bathroom and chicken and wedding cake problems and it is as simple – and difficult – as stopping when we see our neighbor is hurt, providing first aid, and giving him a ride on our donkey. Or elephant. Whatever.
Thanks for reading. I have 19 other blog posts in my head that I am hoping will evacuate the premises so I can sleep at night. Stay tuned.