June 13, 2016

"Now fill the world with music, love and pride"

For my money, these are the two most cogent responses to the horror in Orlando.

Thoughts and Prayers, by John Scalzi

“I offer my thoughts and prayers.”
Thank you.
It’s not enough.
It never was.
What more do you have to offer?
You’re special.
Those people aren’t like you.
They’re your enemy.
You get to have what you want.
You get to do what you want, take what you want.
(Nobody will do anything to stop you anyway.)
Just don’t cry. Don’t feel. Bottle it all up.
God says it’s okay.
The law says it’s okay.
Long as you’re a man, a manly man, not a pussy, not a queer.
Here, now. Have your gun. Go on, take it.
Don’t use it, of course.
Wink, wink.
Don’t use it.
Don’t stray.
Those are your enemies.
Here is your gun.
And there is this.
The World Stands With Orlando

(Title: From Lin-Manuel Miranda's sonnet, read Sunday night at the Tony Awards.)

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