13 June, 2016
by: Marisa Ruggirello
Song of the Day: Skinny Love // Bon Iver
Today we were able to meet with Brian Baglow who works for Rockstar video games, where he was able to discuss the gaming industry and we are allowed to ask questions afterwards. Someone brought up how misogynistic and sexist the gaming world can be, and asked if there were any steps being taken to disperse of any hatred based on gender. Originally, I was going to discuss sexism and hatred in the gaming world and the steps being taken to change that, but in light of the horrific tragedy in Orlando, the discussion we had this morning made me think about what we as humans need to do next to dispel of hatred based on gender, sexual orientation, race and religion. This isn’t going to be a political rant or something that is going to try and persuade you one way or another. It is simply my way of expressing my profound sadness and thoughts on the events at hand, because I cannot think of any other way of getting my feelings out.
On that tragic day, I was traveling from London, England to Edinburgh, Scotland and was unable to receive any Internet connection and therefore unable to hear about the unspeakable evil that had occurred. When we arrived at our place of residence for the week, we were shocked and hurt and huddled around a television to watch the BBC News coverage as well as President Obama’s speech. I felt such an overwhelming sense of grief, and still do, when more and more details were released and as witnesses and survivors came forward. I’m tearing up as I write this because I think of how many parents lost children, friends lost life-long friendships, people lost their loved ones and it breaks my damn heart into a million pieces.
We as humans cannot continue like this. A family member posted on Facebook “I hate the use of the word, “tolerance”. This word indicates that there is something “wrong” that one would need to work to deal with” and I believe that is an accurate and fair statement. The constant bickering back and forth, whether it be over religion, politics, or even something as trivial as a sports team, trying to say that only your side is the correct one, has got to end. We have to L O V E and R E S P E C T each other’s differences. How boring this world would be if everyone thought and acted the same way! I’m not an expert on anything and do not claim to be, but from my personal experience, love is stronger than any other explainable thing in this world. Love is something to build a foundation on. Love is the most important possession one can have in this life. If you have love, you have everything.
If anything has restored my faith in humanity, it is the love that the world has shown for Orlando and the love of the Orlando community who is doing everything and anything they can to help, even if that means standing outside for hours just so they can donate blood. The power of love has conquered hate, once again. I will not mention the shooter’s name, he does not deserve any more recognition. He tried to tear us apart, and he failed. MISERABLY. Love wins, you hateful monster. Love ALWAYS wins.
My heart aches for you Orlando. I feel your pain and I wish there was some way for the rest of the world to take that pain from you, because the amount of love pouring in for you and the LGBT community would be enough to heal you all ten times over. Sadly, we cannot and only you must carry this burden. But channel that pain and turn it in to something beautiful-L O V E. Love your family, love your friends, love the sun in the morning and the moon at night. Love the birds, and the bugs, and the plants. We love you, and we stand with you. And so I will end this post with 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.