Most of my interactions on social media are of the Performance variety. I don't mean that they are not true, or that I'm faking anything. Twitter, this journal, most of my time on Glib Shark and Dungeons & Dragons & Drunks, and anything else online for me isn't just a portal for information and an opportunity to keep up with those I am interested in. I put things out there I think others will enjoy. As a Performer at heart my goal is to entertain. Sometimes that is more serious, or deep, or thought provoking...and sometimes it's just fun or funny or random or kooky.
My personal beliefs, especially political, have never been hidden. But I don't usually push it because it's usually not important. While my Performance might have a message, I do not preach.
So this journal is obviously not normal for me. But this weekend the President of the United States banned Muslims from entering the country, so I no longer have a choice in what I Perform. That choice was made for me long before I was born. My very blood demands I do not stay quiet...because I am Jewish.
I will protest when and where I can, I have donated to the ACLU what little I can afford, and I will continue to stand up for my fellow humans who have the right to everything I have. Because other humans stood up for my ancestors rights, I cannot ignore (nor would I want to) the demands of my history.
But my posts and tweets will still talk about playing oboe, or silly internet videos, or playing and watching D&D games, or amazing science stuff. Because I'm a Performer and depth and layers and meaning are just some of my skills. I will play beautiful music to ease your soul at the same time I use the money I earn playing that gig to donate to Planned Parenthood. I'll post wonderful renditions of classical pieces alongside an article about Muslim musicians you should listen to. I will make my Dungeons & Dragons bad guys be racists because sometimes we need to pretend to fight injustice like an athlete trains to run a marathon.
This rambling post was stuck in my head for a long time, and then a series of tweets from comic artist Lar Desouza not only resonated with me but gave me the inspiration to finally write. Thus I will end this with those tweets...
"A line from today's mass really resonated with me. 1 Corinthians 27. ""But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.""
As an artist/cartoonist I've often worried that I'm the 'foolish thing'. What point is there to drawing silly toons? But I've long since worked through that this is what I do.
This is my role. I can't cure cancer or sway politics but I can make my little silly splashes and hopefully alleviate someone's day.
Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. I gotta scribble. And that's as good as any bird or fish in God's eyes.
So, religious or not, I just wanted to shout out to my fellow artists. Whatever your muse; drawing, music, writing, science, engineering...
We may not ever know who our ripples touch but they are needed. Possibly to 'shame the wise'. Possibly just to lighten a weary soul."