Friday, June 28, 2013

Let's be ...

"Racial hostility, homophobia and misogyny are braided together like strands of the same rope. When we fight one, we fight them all." -- Charles M. Blow

I love sediment here. But couldn't we simplify it by saying,  if you fight against any injustice, you fight against them all?

I guess I know why it is not phrased like that. Most likely I'm in the minority that believe.  Maybe it is to naive to believe that all injustice share the same root. Maybe only racism, homophobia and sexism have a common root. 

Isn't injustice, simply ... the lack of fairness based on traits and/or facts that should not lead any responsible person to believe someone is less human, less deserving or less equal.

Let's be for fairness ... Let's be for justice ... Let's be for each other.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

To be of Comfort

This is week my friend's brother died. He died of a heart attack at the age of 27. They don't know the root cause of the attack.  The medical staff had to induce a comma. One week later the family decided that he would not wish to live this way. They unplugged him and he passed three days later.

I have called my friend. I have visited my friend. I have given wine.I have tried to be there for my friend. I have played with her 3 year old nephew. But I'm not sure I'm any comfort to her. 

I can't imagine what the last couple of weeks has been like for her, for family. Something that we can't make sense of.  I know that we all grieve in our own way. I don't know when I have seen her, she still in shock. Or if she has broken down in private. But her has seemed strong. 

In the days, weeks and months to come, I hope to be a comfort.