“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”
Okay…. A quick word on focus. Something to explain a way of looking at things.
So I guess (spoiler alert!) two men kissed on Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead. I was thrilled to hear the news. These characters have been in the “graphic novel” (read” comic book) for a long time so it is good to see them arriving. Especially since they only hinted at one character was going to be gay. I figured we would have to wait forever for his lover to show up.
Anyway, people were in an uproar about it, making all kinds of homophobic remarks.
But that isn’t what I want to talk about. And I fell into this too for a few minutes. Supporters of gay people were in an uproar about the bigoted remarks some people were making. The nasty comments were in the news, and howdy, about all the protests.
But when I went and looked, what did I see? TONS of people in support of the gay characters and the kiss.
This is what UPROXX had to say for instance” Given the show’s subject material, it should insulate them from criticism from protest groups. I mean, how can the One Million Moms or the American Family Association or the Family Research Council take The Walking Dead to task for featuring two men kissing when it hasn’t objected to scenes of violence, cannibalism, decapitations and rape? Imagine Robert Kirkman’s response: “You mean to tell me that you’ve got no problem with exploding heads or cannibals sawing up human bodies for dinner, but you’re going to object to two characters kissing? Because they are men? Even though they love each other? Where the hell are your priorities?! And you’d BETTER not get up in arms about the fact that your children might be exposed to this because your children SHOULD NOT BE WATCHING THE WALKING DEAD. And if they are, seeing two men kiss is the least of your problems.”
See what I mean? WSo many (I was guilty too) focused on the negativity—instead of focusing on all the support! I went and looked and saw some of the hateful tweeting, went to those tweeters accounts—and saw that they had been flooded with tweets calling them bigots!
So, we can focus on the bigotry and hatred…or we can be amazed and awed and thrilled at all the love and support.
It’s our choice.
I choose to get awed by the love.