I’m now home in Miami, FL focusing on the following:
–Using my Self well.
-Working with great people at Sony Music’s Latin-Iberia regional office.
-In Production for an original song.
-Studying guitar every day.
-Studying singing every day and taking singing lessons once a week.
-Training in Jeet Kune Do.
-Leyendo…finalmente…Don Quijote de la Mancha.
-Studying comedy for at least two uninterrupted hours on Saturdays.
Two days ago, Samuel Paty, a teacher (yes, a teacher), was beheaded (yes, beheaded) in a suburb of Paris (yes, Paris) by a religious extremist as “retaliation” for M. Paty’s having shown images of the prophet Muhammad during a school lesson on freedom of expression. My mom, who is a professor of international politics and terrorism, has done the same thing as part of her lessons. I guess that just by seeking to teach and guide and educate and liberate and nurture and help people, my mom has been risking her life. Part of me can’t wait for global warming to accelerate so that we can all be under water; maybe then the world will become a better place. Another part of me, the part I will choose to live fully for, senses that this is a turning point for human rights. This was a direct attack, not only on an innocent family man who died for doing what he loved, but also on teaching, one of our noblest professions, and on freedom of expression, one of our most humane ideals. To paraphrase Karl Popper, if a society wishes to be a tolerant society, it must not tolerate intolerance. I can only hope that France and the world no longer tolerate barbaric intolerance in any of its forms. Reposez en paix, M. Paty.
The smartphone + social media combo might just be the worst thing that’s ever happened to humanity…but money is being made, so, hey, who cares! For our own sake, I hope we all start caring, and soon. I am so happy to have deleted social media from my life and so grateful to the people who gave me the information necessary to know years in advance that it was the right thing to do, for myself and for the world.
…on a brighter note! I attended a showing of A Rainy Day In New York at the Landmark Theatre in Coral Gables, and it was the first time I experienced beauty in a movie theatre in a long time. What a beautiful movie.
Last updated October 18, 2020