My response to the Las Vegas massacre.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
– Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear (Dune)
“Today, is a good day to die.”
Klingon psychology regarding doing things that might cost your life.
If your life is in order, then you have no fear. If your path crosses death face it boldly and die well. No more can be asked of you. If this is done, they will toast you in Sto’Vo’Kor.
There were many who did exactly that in Las Vegas.
The man who stood up and defiantly shot the shooter the “bird”.
The nurse who scooped his wife forward away from the shooter, shielding her with his own body and dying in the process.
The dozens of police who stood resolutely in the face of the fire, so they could direct others to safer places.
The concert goers who also happened to be nurses, paramedics or just people who acted as such and chose to remain and fight to save others despite the rain of bullets.
This is a tragedy and an act of hatred and evil. But in the darkest of times people are tested and some rise up and beat back evil. On this day of carnage, so many people rose up despite their fear. They chose to live “today is a good day to die” as they helped others have a chance to live.
This is America at its worst, but also at its finest.
Freedom is not free. The liberty tree was fed blood today. She was fed the blood of more Patriots than tyrants, but isn’t that always the case.
America. Do not learn the wrong lesson here. Freedom has a cost. Sometimes evil slips in among us and stabs us in the back. But most of the time, it is what keeps us strong and stops those same forces from dragging us down bodily. Know this is a desperate attempt to get you to willingly don the shackles of security / slavery out of fear of what some pervert out of freedom.