After months of great anticipation, I finally made it to see Wonder Woman on Saturday. I loved it! I was so moved by it I wanted to stay still right there in my luxury lounger chair and watch it all over again.
As I reflected on the experience, I realized that particular day was the perfect time for me to have seen the film. Because as I watched the disillusionment spread across Diana’s face–not just her face but her whole self–I was, for the umpteenth time, feeling a similar disillusionment.
Here we are again, fighting Nazis and their terrible brand of hate. In my country, land that I love. In 2017.
I’m not naive enough to be unaware that this kind of hate persists, still continues to exist. What gut punches me is that to so many this brand of hate is simply seen as free speech. That it should somehow be accepted and even protected.
And while it wasn’t surprising–based on past experience, I knew better than to expect compassion–I was nonetheless disappointed with a complete lack of leadership when a bold and clear response was so clearly needed to call evil by its name and to declare it would not be tolerated.
For my friend Carina, calling it out was simple: “There are two sides, one has Nazis. You decide.”
And there we are.
Apparently among all the wonderful and terrible things we, as a country, are, we are still, also Nazis. I’m still working really hard to wrap my head around that.
But because I really don’t do bleak, I’m holding on to this–one of my favorite takeaways from the film:
Yes. Sadly, we may be all that. But we are also so much more.
So many of us are, hope to be, and are actively working to become so much more. These are not mere words. It is what we believe. And, to quote my friend Maria, “I have to believe that my choices matter.”
I unequivocally choose the side without the Nazis.
And once again I turn to the words of Dr. King:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I unequivocally choose to seek the light.
I unequivocally choose to keep loving.