Time to Start Talking

Two days ago I wrote a post about knowing when to speak and knowing when to be silent.

Right now is not the time to be silent

Right now is the time to act and start talking

Being 16 hours ahead of America makes receiving news a bit weird…

But I still woke up yesterday to the tragic news about the Florida incident.

17 dead. 20 injured.

17 dead. 20 injured.

17 dead. 20 injured.

17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead.

That’s more than the people in my cohort at Singapore

That’s more people than I can call my true friends

That’s 17 more than how many people should have passed away to the hands of that shooter…

It felt just like yesterday that I heard about the Vegas incident, and I was checking up on a fellow magician who currently lives there.

I still remember Orlando and how hurt and indignant my gay acting teacher felt, and how he asked us to please change the world for the next generations…

I wish I had the power to do something physically, but I don’t know how, and so I choose to write. And maybe that isn’t the most I could do, but it is still something…

Right now is the time to talk about solutions, to act in whatever way you can, to discuss the future and how we can prevent these tragedies.

Right now is the time to speak about what we care about, not ignore this event because it is easier to put it in the background.

Those 17 people die a second time when we fail to talk about their deaths. They die a second time when we fail to change.

Please stay safe out there everyone.

Sending love from Singapore.

Update: I have donated to the GoFundMe Stoneman Douglas Victim’s Fund that supports those affected by the shooting. If you would like to do the same, click here

Update #2: I don’t really like to talk too much politics about America, partly because I am not American, and partly because I don’t want to enforce my opinions. Jimmy Kimmel, one of my favorite TV show hosts, explains it really well in his recent video regarding this topic. Please take a look. I will let Kimmel speak politics for me.


Grateful Day 47: I am grateful for every day that I am able to sit down and write down my thoughts

Magic Day 16: I did magic at a Starbucks today.

 

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