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Published on Jun 12, 2016
UPDATED: I still want this to be true. But this morning in America, 11/9/16, it's pretty clear that fear, anger, and hate have trumped love and tolerance. I still believe in the America where love can triumph. It's gonna be a rough four years but hopefully we emerge stronger and more focused on banishing hate in all its twisted forms. Pray for love. Pray for America. We're gonna need it.
EARLIER UPDATED: I haven't been fortunate enough to see Lin-Manuel in Hamilton (and I'm sure now I never will)... But the first time I saw him interviewed, I became a huge fan. And my love for him grows more and more with every public statement he makes. Passion for your art is a rare, beautiful, and precious thing. I've never seen anyone exude passion--and COMPASSION--as much as Lin-Manuel does. This sonnet is (rightfully) getting worldwide attention, but you can find the same humanity throughout his work, and his life. We so rarely reward art in its purest, most authentic form. For that reason alone, Lin-Manuel Miranda's well-deserved success feels like a victory for artistic souls everywhere. I hope he never stops creating, and inspiring, and challenging us to do better.
Thanks for reading this far. Thanks for the upvotes and comments. Please keep the discussion civil. Above all, take care of each other. Rich Challen, 6-13-16