Recently, I became a fan of George Takei. For all you nerd-lingers like myself out there, as well as closeted trekkies, I’m sure you remember him as Sulu from Star Trek.
Over the past year or so, more and more people have began sharing facebook images. I love this trend. Many are funny, some are thought provoking, and others are just plain silly. What I’ve noticed however, is that more often or not, the images that I would ‘like’ and/or share, often came from George Takei’s facebook fanpage.
So, I did a little digging. George is a man of many talents. He’s an actor, a writer, a singer, a political activist. He lived through the American internment camps. He’s a survivor. He’s also openly gay, married to his partner, and very active when it comes to human rights. He’s pretty spectacular.
When I was first reading about how open he is, how he proudly married his partner, and how active he was in the gay community, as well as his thoughts on women’s rights, I thought ‘wow, he’s so courageous’. I felt this overwhelming sense of pride in him.
But then, I was overcome with grief. I came to the realization that the world is in a really sad state. The fact that I think someone is being courageous, when they are just being themselves, is plain old defeating. What’s that all about? I shouldn’t feel pride for someone because they openly marry their gay lover. Their gayness should have nothing to do with my happiness for them. I should just be happy for them, and they should be allowed to be.
Just be. Just be themselves. To have the right to love openly, and marry the person that they want.
For some strange reason, the human race, in it’s resistance of evolution is determined to move backwards. Fanatical religion is clouding peoples minds. Rights are being stripped away, and children are being blocked from becoming educated and making their own religious choice. People are being taught that they need to ‘tolerate’ homosexuals and other races. Tolerance is not the right word. It’s about acceptance. It’s about letting go of fear. It’s about learning to love no matter what, and it’s about seeing beauty in all people.
I know that I’ve beaten this subject to death with my posts, Gaytred, Cure for Homo, and 7 Things Wrong with America, but with the American election coming up I’m terrified that a religious fundamentalist will be made president, and it will cause a trickle effect to happen in Canada. TERRIFIED.
Anyway, George Takei is an example to all. He lives with pride, stands up for what is right, and believes in fundamental human rights. Plus, he posts funny pictures!