Harry Potter – one of two pieces of media that always make me feel better (the other being Frasier, of course).
There is no shame in what you are feeling, Harry. On the contrary… the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.
This pain is part of being human.
That comes from Dumbledore in The Order of the Phoenix, at the part where Harry confronts losing Sirius with anger and denial. Upon hearing this, he yells, “THEN I DON’T WANT TO BE HUMAN!”
It sucks being human sometimes. Being back on facebook due to this blogging thing, I see a lot of pain. My friend writes that she had patients bursting into tears today upon being asked “How are you doing?” There’s also some wavering between feeling hurt and shielding ourselves by proclaiming that we don’t care any more and we’re moving to [country with vastly better health insurance].
I’ve been trying to stay positive by promising to stay engaged and by complaining less about how everything is too heavy at the gym. But most of all, I feel uplifted by this outpouring of pain from my friends.
In Harry Potter, after the anger burns off, we learn that pain is love. We hurt only because we can’t stop caring. When I read the messages that my friends are posting, I’m struck by two things: one is the passion that shows how compulsively we care, about equality, love, and our country; the other is the eloquence and consideration that shows how capable we are. I’m confident that if we remember this pain and channel it – into succeeding in our individual lives, into supporting our communities, into reaching those people who voted against us due to the same type of pain – we will find ways to keep moving our society forward.