Concerts being bombed
Elections being influenced
Kids being given awards for "most likely to become a terrorist"
The LGBT community constantly being told they aren't "Natural" and they should go kill themselves
A president who has no idea how to keep his mouth shut or say anything appropriate
Healthcare done away with
Women being pushed to the lowest common denominator
People of color being harassed and shot for being people of color
Media personnel who want Muslims "exterminated"
Other countries being insulted so they don't want to come to the United States anymore
Bills about bathrooms
Is it any wonder I decided to write a book to confront the fear of being erased, the fear of being scorned, and told, that we aren't human anymore? We are being told on a daily basis to fear. Fear your neighbor, fear the government, fear science, fear nature, fear new things, fear old things, just...be...afraid. I'm tired of being afraid. I have panic attacks. I know fear. I feel it on a daily basis. But I don't want to fear those things that should be a comfort to me.
I don't want to fear the future, the future should be something akin to the sun rising on a lovely sunny day. And while my neighbor might let their blackberries grow into my yard the bastards….I don't want to be afraid of them.
So I wrote. I wrote about a human who lost all the things that seemed to make him human. He lost the ability to walk, to talk, to see. Then he lost the ability to hear….and finally he lost the ability to feel physical sensation. All gone. There was only one thing that Jorge didn't lose, the ability to think. I took this young man, just barely taking steps into being a mature adult and I ripped away from him all that made him what he was. And I forced him to start thinking, because it was the only thing left. And he will think about new ways to use his brain to actually affect the world.
And even though this tiny section of humanity left Earth quite awhile ago, it didn't completely leave behind the bigotry or the slimy underbelly that makes people try to grab what they can, however they can. The manipulation is still there, it's just not quite so obvious. And I'm going to make Jorge face all of it. I'm going to make him face the fact that he cannot live the way he did before, the fact that politicians think that a brown skinned man doesn't have the right to exist, just because he can, and the fact that there is so much more to being human than just what we see.
It's the only way I can tell everyone who says "BE AFRAID" to GTFO. I already have one alarm bell in my head. I don't need all of theirs too.