June 4, 2017, Prescott-
I made it a point to watch several of the You Tube videos coming out of today’s One Love Manchester concert, organized as a response to last month’s bombing, and, by extension, to yesterday’s attacks in London.
The performances, in my view, were heartfelt, as was the outpouring of support from responsible adults, worldwide. Any one critiquing the “quality” of the singing, or the motives of the people involved, is missing the point. Many young people, both male and female, were injured-and 22 lost their lives, needlessly. Entertainment is part of a full and healthy life. The kids had every right to go to an entertainment venue of their choice, so long as no one else was harmed by that choice. No one should have to answer to conservative religious zealots, macho men who hate girl singers, or anyone else, for that matter.
Enough of that, though. The focus was, and will remain, on the healing of those communities which have experienced deadly attacks. It takes most people a long time, and some never fully recover. Survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack and of the World War II concentration camps, have been forever scarred by their experiences. People who were in New York and Arlington, VA, during the September 11, 2001 horrors, are hard put to set those events aside. They ought not have to answer to conspiracy theorists, or naysayers of any stripe.
The same is true of those recovering from these latest terror episodes. The focus needs to be on just breathing, on being. I have a lot of love for kids, and for people in general. Victims have a special place in my heart, as they do in the hearts of a good many. Terrorists and haters, so long as they persist, will never count for much in my book.