"But I should like those who will represent French intelligence in the future to be resolved at least never to yield on one or two points. I should like them not to give in when they are told intelligence is always unwelcome, or that it is permissible to lie in order to succeed. I should like them not to give in to guile, to violence, or to inertia."
— Albert Camus, “Defense Of Intelligence”
"I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don’t want just any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive."
— Albert Camus, Letters To A German Friend
"I loathe none but executioners."
— Albert Camus, Preface To “Letters To A German Friend”
unmistakable quality will soon be upon us.
Don’t wait for anything else."
"[Those without shame] fully embraced vulnerability. They believed what made them vulnerable made them beautiful. They didn’t talk about vulnerability being comfortable, nor did they talk about it being excruciating…they just talked about it being necessary. They talked about the willingness to say ‘I love you’ first. The willingness to do something where there’s no guarantees."
"Most things disappoint till you look deeper."
— Graham Greene
"Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much."
So let us forgive those who have talked so vilely about their fellow humans, those who have used the law to prevent people from marrying and enjoying the rights that heterosexuals have had for millenia. Let us forgive those in power who have moved so slowly to help. Let’s forgive the shit out of them, so much so that they grow uncomfortable with our magnanimity.
But please, do not let us forget. We will watch many of those same people move to forget their past, to act like they too have been on the side of inclusion. Don’t let them. In particular, do not let the younger Republicans and conservatives elide over their hate. We should be very quick to welcome, let that be clear. If someone makes a full apology and recants his or her past positions, by all means, he or she is to be greeted as a friend. But don’t forget the past. Don’t let people who endorsed anti-gay ballot initiatives across the US change without a sound to the side of “getting government out of marriage.” Forgive them, but do not forget what we are forgiving. The millions of LGBTQ people who have suffered until now under the law deserve nothing less.