A few days ago, I shared an essay that moved me to my core. Today I'm sharing a video by Keith Olbermann about Californians voting against human rights. This made me cry for the beauty of his words and the beauty of hope and love; it made me cry for the alone-ness we all feel in a universe where we all live in isolation from one another, misunderstanding and fearing and hating. The truth behind Olbermann's words is what drove me to write a novel, Transcendence (which I hope to see on the shelves next year - but I can't talk about that just yet!). What Olbermann talks about here is perhaps the central theme in my work. Hearing Olbermann express part of that truth about love and separation touched me to my core of my being.
Below I've transcribed a few lines from his special comment on love and marriage. Powerful stuff. To those who voted for California's Prop 8, which rescinded the right of gays to marry:
What is this to you? Nobody is asking you to embrace their expression of love. But don't you as human beings have to embrace that love? The world is barren enough. It is stacked against love, and against hope, and against those very few and very precious emotions that enable us - all of us - to go forward.
With so much hate in the world, with so much meaningless division, and people pitted against each other, for no good reason; this is what your religion tells you what to do? With your experience of life and this world, and all its sadnesses; this is what your conscience tells you to do? With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field in which we all live in favor of unhappiness and hate, this is what your heart tells you to do?
You want to honor your God and the universal love you believe He represents, then spread happiness, this tiny, symbolic, symantical grain of happiness. Share it with all those who seek it.
All you need to do is stand and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. You don't have to help it, you don't have to applaud it, you don't have to fight for it. Just don't put it out, just don't extinguish it.