Hello, Friends. This was a rough day in a rough week. I feel like I’m supposed to write something, but can’t seem to manage it. Like you, I’m devastated by the mass murder in New Zealand. It’s somehow totally predictable — like what else did we expect? While also reaching new levels of horror. I mean, he was performing. These murders were performed with a global audience of white nationalists and white supremacists in mind.
I’m not sure what to say. I’m thinking of the Muslim families my kids go to school with.I’m thinking about how unsafe they probably feel right now. I’m thinking of the Mosques here in Oakland. I’m looking for ways I can show love and support.
One article I read about the massacre offered up a new word that I’m finding helpful. The philosopher and author Timothy Morton coined the term “hyperobject” to describe a concept so huge that it’s almost impossible to grasp its entirety. The hatred that inspired the Christchurch massacre is a “hyperobject”.
Another article I appreciate is from the NYT — A Mass Shooting of, and for, the Internet.
I have a few things to share with you today, but it’s a shorter link list than usual. As I was working on this post, Olive and Maude were changing a tire and the jack slipped and we ended up at the emergency room. It’s a long story involving a team of firefighters having to lift our car, and thankfully, everyone is okay now. I’ll try to share details later. But for now, I’m beat and I need to head to bed.