I find myself, on days like this, casting about for someone to blame… I blame everyone I can think of, and I am filled with rage.
And then I try and find compassion. Compassion for the people I blame; compassion for the people I do not understand. Compassion doesn’t always work so well.
I remember, as a young man, listening on the radio to Dr. King in 1968. He asked — of us — compassion, and we responded, not necessarily because we felt it, but because he convinced us if we could find compassion, if we could express compassion, and if we could just pretend compassion, it would heal us, so much more than vengeance could. And he was right: it did. But not enough.
…More compassion is required of us, and an even greater effort is required of us, and we are all, I think, every one of us, tired. We’re tired of understanding; we’re tired of waiting; we’re tired of trying to figure out why our children are not safe, and why our efforts to make them safe seem to fail. We’re tired.
But we must know that we have made some progress, and blame will only destroy it. Blame will breed more violence, and we have had enough of that. Blame will not rid our streets of crime, and drugs, and fear, and we have had enough of that. Blame will not strengthen our schools, or our families, or our workforce: blame will rob us of those things, and we have had enough of that.
And so I ask you today to dig down deep with me and find that compassion in your hearts, because it will keep us on the road, and we will walk together, and work together, and slowly, slowly — too slowly — things will get better.
JIMMY SMITS, as Matt Santos, from the “Undecideds” episode of The West Wing.
A beautiful moment in television; an enduring message.
I happened to see this episode a few nights ago as my girlfriend and I are making our way through the last season of The West Wing on Netflix. It struck me then, as it does now, how appropriate and timely this message is given what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri.
#Batgirl! With her fab new design by @cameronmstewart. Just for kicks I Thought I’d join in with everyone else and do a quick little #fanart too on my lunch break :-)
I love that fantastic artists like patrickgleason have come out to do their versions of this fantastic new look for Batgirl.
Prepare yourselves appropriately, because this is happening.
Batgirl is getting a relaunch by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Freakin’ Tarr. You know, your actual favourite artist who drew the Bosozoku Sailor Scouts? SHE’S DRAWING BATGIRL. I’ll calm down… eventually?!
More awesome people loving the upcoming Batgirl changes!
I was already on board for the Constantine series. This just justifies that choice even more.
Hrm. It’s almost as though this comparison is completely fucking stupid?
Thank you for this, because I was trying to figure out why I dislike this analogy. I didn’t think to simply look at it as being a bad analogy due it’s poor deductive reasoning. Or by this list, it’s a false cause and an appeal to emotion.
Some time last year, Kyle Starks (robotmountain) and I had a bet, the stakes of which were that if I won, he would draw a Doom Patrol comic, and if I lost, I would write a story of his choosing.
Long story short, we both kind of won and lost, so the compromise is that I would write a Doom Patrol comic that he drew.
This is that comic. Please share it if you like it.
My next goal is to work with these guys. I love ‘em.
"We’re all the Doom Patrol."
Damn, that’s a simple, but effective line and it works because of how well this is set up. I wish that DC Comics still had a Showcase book or something like Wednesday Comics, so stories like this could happen more often.
The reasons why Lobdell needs to be taken off of any and all DC Comics’s books immediately keep piling up. Thank God that the other two writers at least acknowledge Lobdell’s crappy behavior with audible groans. Now if only DC editors would acknowledge this guy simply isn’t a good writer anymore (was he ever?) and stop offering him books to write.