Love Wins!

Anyone who’s lived in an urban environment has had this experience. You are stuck in a public place and someone starts holding forth, loudly, obnoxiously. They begin inflicting their opinion on everyone in earshot. Whether the product of mental imbalance or just sheer assholery, this behavior is more often than not fueled by anger, resentment, bitterness, and straight-up nastiness. And people usually just sit there and take it, on the theory of “ignore it and it’ll go away” (the real-life equivalent of “don’t feed the trolls”) or from simply being scared of confrontation or escalation.

And I get that, really I do. Most of the time it’s just not worth it.

But here, this one guy decided he’d had enough. He’d had enough of a ‘religious’ diatribe saying he was an abomination. He’d had enough of someone claiming to speak for God but saying horrible hateful things. He starts by interjecting “False prophet!” Finally he stands up, claims his identity, speaks out on behalf of morality and love. And then he asks for and gets the support of the previously silent strangers around him.

I admire his courage in confronting the ranter. I love his appeal to love. And I’m so grateful to live in an era where a person can stand up like this and be affirmed by people he doesn’t know.

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