Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando thoughts

I met up with Oshri in Beverly Hills on Saturday. We walked around and went to Whole Foods for a smoothie while he carried his baby nephew on his shoulder. He shared his intense experience with hatred and loss with me. Walking back from Whole Foods, we went over the election and Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and the insanity. It felt like we were talking around the issue that was underneath all these frustration: ignorance. The lack of knowledge is not only rejected it's now become emboldened. To know-nothing and lash out with rage at different groups is lynch-mob mentality. That kind of thinking creates chaos while leaving the actual problem untouched. Our world seems obsessed with fear, scapegoating, rage, and violence because we don't understand how the world works. We conceived of a cartoon story for Oshri to animate that deals with love and hate.

The next morning I woke up to the news of the Orlando mass shooting, which is the deadliest gun massacre by a lone criminal. It felt like the themes are repeated again and again.

Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Orlando, and a hundred other cities are graveyards commemorating our continued and prolonged insanity. 

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