A Public Health Announcement for Thursday, September 2, 2021
Watching Ralph Fiennes as British Writer/ Director Producer David Hare in " Beat The Devil". Now streaming on HBO Max, it is one man’s journey with COVID-19. If possible, get someone you want to choose to get vaccinated to watch the film on their own.
If they still refuse to be vaccinated and or wear a mask, wash their hands with soap and water, and practice social distancing, they have earned the right to be labelled an IDIOT, defined as being completely selfish, self-obsessed, and without human empathy. A.k.a., a pod person from 1953’s Invasion of The Body Snatchers, OR, a 2021 Zombie. Yes, a zombie feeding on flesh but without any concern for anything except feeding. " In England and Wales, you are four times as likely to die if you are Black."- says Fiennes in David Hare’s "voice".
I wish that 100% of the White folks worldwide who advocate anti-masking, no social distancing, and adamant to not ever be vaccinated to acknowledge that the last quote from Fiennes-as-Hare is, at the end of the day, at the end of this week, at the end of the Democratic Republic and the USA, your ultimate truth: you all never
ever ever stopped wanting for EVERYONE whose skin color and or other differences in appearance did not meet with your approval to be “ wiped off the face of the Earth.” To be clear, it will pain me to hear this, but the last time a white person who had pretended for year’s to be an ally told me his truth on a related matter, I moved on from the relationship happier and freer than I had been for decades. To be specific, from 1959 to 1999.
The man was Pastor Andrew Comisky, founding Director of Desert Stream Ministries, a reparative therapy provider affiliated with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship — Santa Monica, CA. His truth: He wanted homosexuality ( and by association, all LGBTQIA+ people) to be “wiped off the face of the earth.”
Thankfully, that epic and final break in our relationship was on the telephone. I think I might have violated one or more of the Ten Commandments had we been face-to-face. Andy’s words felt that ugly and cruel. He made no attempt at nuance. The SILENCE = DEATH was hanging in a cold and sterile space. I somehow ended the call, but to this day I cannot remember anything else that was said. Writing this reflection shows me how far I have come since my disappointing 1992 Comiskey conversation. Finally knowing what he had at the core of his life and ministry confirmed his toxic masculinity which was no longer helpful or therapeutic. The truth was freedom made flesh.
Human life is priceless, our lives are not bright, shiny objects for your entertainment and amusement. We have enough human and natural resources to thrive indefinitely, if we ( all of us ) share. Lying, theft, scams, and corporate competitive capitalism are all quite unnecessary. Together telling the truth, makes knowing what our next steps so much easier going forward.
“Is the labor of lying continually ever enough? Children, all decent people, (generally) tell the truth.” — Fiennes in David Hare’s voice.