Last week I did a benefit show for Bryan Stow. He’s the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten into a coma at Dodger Stadium. The show was actually organized by Philadelphia people. This is all kinds of ironic as Philly fans are widely regarded as the the most rowdy fans in the nation. They threw batteries at Santa Claus! (to be fair to Philly folks, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t THEE Santa Claus) Kudos to the Philly fans who put the benefit together. I suppose karma, like any debit/credit account, can be balanced off bit by bit. Provided the interest isn’t compounded daily. Luckily for the Philly fans a deed of this magnitude is akin to paying way more than the minimun balance and this feat does wonders for my perception of Philly Nation. Dodger fans, you know you’ve gone horribly astray when Philly fans are telling you how to act.
I was honored to be there and as I waited for my turn to provide laughs I scanned the room and felt pretty good about mankind. I cherish those moments. Sad that those type of moments are becoming more and more rare. I have to store flashes of humans acting humane like a cactus does water. So later, when consideration and empathy are no where to be found, I can draw from a past act of kindness to give my inner hope sustenance.
I half jokingly tell people that I am a Jedi. My midi-Cholorian levels are certainly high enough.* Since I wasn’t recruited at a young age and because Star Wars is fiction, I can never officially be indoctrinated into the Jedi Order. That doesn’t mean we can’t borrow from their teachings.
I think most fighting and banging comes from fear. It’s foolish pride and a fear to back down or look weak. When you take a step back and take a look at it with that in mind it makes a lot of people, thought of as tough, seem quite weak.
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. So let’s call all these tough guys what they really are, scaredy cats. Let’s let how well we treat people define us. Not how bad ass we are.
Get well Bryan.