What can I say about 2022 so far?
We’re only one week into this new year and already stuff has happened. The anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, for one. I broke protocol and spoke my thoughts about that this week, here and on Facebook, and I only had one troll. I’m losing my touch.
Privately, my wife, who reads every entry but doesn’t do social media, told me she loved it but wished I’d fleshed it out more. She wanted me to talk about the heartbreaks of that day, the lost lives, the suicides that followed, the wider effects this had on people surrounding that event personally. She’s right. This event, this attack, this act of terrorism, was so pivotal, so powerful, so mind-bending, that it deserves more words than I gave it this week. You should, and probably do, know more about that day than I spoke about. But my intent was to give a very brief reminder of that day, and to use that reminder to springboard my larger message, one I pound the pulpit with repeatedly: get along. Get along with each other, accept that we have differences, discuss them as politely as possible, hug, and move on.
A great many tragedies came from that day. As a commenter pointed out this week, a great many tragedies happen every day, all over the world. Yes. True. But this day was about so much more than the tragedy, to me. It was about the message. The message of where we are going if we do not change our ways. Forget the messages of fools like Limbaugh and Trump, stow the divisive language, and … dammit … get along. For America. For the world.
That said – that being the biggest and most important thing this week – there are other things that should be mentioned:
- Sidney Poitier died. I remember him most in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” but, obviously, his illustrious career speaks for himself. He broke barriers in a time when we needed them broken most. RIP Mister Poitier.
- Antonio Brown melted down. Again. We live in a society of second chances, but a man like Antonio Brown – just like a man like Donald Trump – reveals his true character over and over and we continue to give him credibility. Why? In Trump’s case it is because he says the quiet, angry things some want said aloud. They shouldn’t be, which is why most of us won’t say them or give them cred, but he says them anyway. But with his words he can incite a mob, give white supremacy a voice, and challenge legitimate elections. Terrible. And Antonio Brown? He can catch a football. He can get open and make a big play. So, we’ll give him chance after chance after chance, though his character – and perhaps his sanity – are seriously flawed. And why not, Tom? It’s not like he kneeled in front of a flag. We care more about fealty than character. We are the flawed.
- The killers of Ahmaud Arbery got life in prison without the possibility of parole. Justice is served.
- The Rams beat the Ravens. Now if the Rams beat the Niners on Sunday they win the NFC West for the first time since 2018, and for only the 4th time in the last 20 years. That means a lot to me.
Chapter one is finished in the 52-part Book of ’22. I hope it was a good one for you. I hope you paused to shed a tear of sorrow for those who lost too much. I hope you likewise shed a tear of joy for those who triumphed. I hope you hugged your friends, and enemies, too. However long we are all here we are all here together.
That’s what’s worth remembering.
“Come on people now. Smile on your brother.”