-Rev Melissa Fain-
This is it. This is the point that quietly, and no so quietly infuriates people.
I don't step over on a side when a side looks so clear a choice. I mean, I get it. We want to know who the bad guy is. We want to punish evil, because if we don't have SOMEONE to punish, then what is justice?
You wouldn't think we'd be so quick to pick the bad guy based on our current movies. It's the theme of the generation: The bad guy is not really the bad guy. They are just misunderstood. The good guy is really not that good. The good guy is human.
I think the reason those movies have struck a chord is not because we feel like the struggling good guy, but because we've all been painted the bad guy. All of us. We are so disconnected, and frayed we've all been put in the loser category.
I mean, why wouldn't you feel that way? Bloggers are focusing on the negativity because negativity drives up the page hits. Seriously, you are more likely to get a viewer to re-share negative info than positive info.
Meanwhile, advertising and media make money by knowing demographics. Keeping us separated and labeled, helps them know how to sell us products. That product might be an 8pm television program, or the right brand of floor cleaner, but it still requires understanding the consumer. In a world where we are told we can become anything we want to, The world doesn't really want that. The world needs us to fit into our safe little boxes so they can sell us a specific product.
All this to say, Fig Tree doesn't work that way. We are a place to reconnect in a world full of disconnection. Glue can't magically become paper, just because it wants to say something solid. We are glue, and we need to act like glue. That's really tough in this world, but necessary. There's too many pieces of paper, and not even close to enough glue bottles. In fact, hardly any at all.
So be mad at me; scream at your computer. Throw something at the wall. I'm not going to do it. We were created to be glue. We were created to bond, not choose a side.