This is a small tribute to those commenters who took the time to respond to my previous article "Fitna has finally pushed me over the edge."
As you have probably surmised, that article came straight from the heart with little second-thought. I was emotionally involved with it. I was angry and distraught. I still am. I just wrote it quickly and hit Publish. The hell with it.
I was pretty sure of the kind of negative response I'd get. And then -- all of those wonderful and heartening comments. I, for one, sure needed to read them. This can get so damn frustrating. I've lost friends over this, friends who think I'm obsessive and exaggerating things way out of proportion and are getting tired of listening to me talk about it. And most people just plain don't care. We're annoying them. We're yelling 'Fire!' in the crowded theater, and there's no fire, and we're interrupting their movie.
A friend and fellow blogger almost reached the point the other day where he thought he'd just quit trying. That thick wall of complacency we face is formidable and unyielding. No matter how sincere our passion, how cogent and persuasive are our arguments, they're quickly dismissed and brushed aside as something irrelevant to the really important things in life. Sometimes... it can get so discouraging --
But then, look what happens -- all those encouraging comments. I was wrong about the reactions. This article has been crossposted all over and so far not one person has found fault with either my reasoning, my conclusions or my emotions. Surprising, isn't it?
And, damn it, this is what makes it all worthwhile, isn't it? And this is why neither my fellow blogger nor myself will ever quit. Because we know we're not alone. We're not alone in our anger and our frustration and our feelings of impotence. YOU are out there. You are listening. And you care.
To you and my fellow bloggers and writers I want to say this: We have a mission, you and I, and we cannot let each other down, we cannot lose heart and allow ourselves to become discouraged. We have to believe that we can still make a difference.
And I know that we can.