On Orlando: Love Makes Us Strong

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pulse Nightclub Attack - June 12, 2016 - Orlando, Florida

Tonight I finally figured out what I wanted to say about the attack this week at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  I outlined a whole blog.  Then I took just a moment to watch the DVR recording of CBS' Late Night With Stephen Colbert  from the night after the attack.  It turns out that Stephen very succinctly made the point I was planning to make... except that it would have taken me several pages.

This is countering fear:

“It’s easy - it’s almost tempting to be paralyzed by such a monstrously hateful act.  To despair, and say, ‘Oh, that’s the way the world is now.’  Well I don’t know what to do.  But I do know that despair is a victory for hate.  Hate wants us to be too weak to change anything.  Now these people in Orlando were apparently targeted because of who they love.  And there have been outpourings of love throughout the country and around the world.  Love in response to hate. 

"Love does not despair.  Love makes us strong.  Love gives us the courage to act.  Love gives us hope that change is possible.  Love allows us to change the script.  So love your country.  Love your family.  Love the families, and the victims, and the people of Orlando… but let’s remember that love is a verb.  And to love means to do something.  And I don’t know what else to say.”  -  Stephen Colbert



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