I'll never forget the conversation I had with his brother about his death, commenting on a particular caliber of firearm and my desire to acquire one; he stopped me from going further and told me about his brother's death, immediately causing me to fall to my knees in disbelief.
It was in the middle of a parking lot of a big-box store, and I felt like I had been shot through the heart.
Flying to the city where he would be laid to rest and spending time with his family brought back happy memories of the past, but no comfort for the future.
When I got home from his funeral, my wife and I went to see Tomorrowland, easily the most misunderstood and incredible film of 2015: if you've seen the incredible Tomorrow Land: Disney in Space and Beyond, you know the vision Walt Disney hoped for the future.
What we have today is not it, not by a long shot.
I hadn't allowed my friend's death to truly affect me until the movie started playing, and of all things John Williams score during the new Star Wars VII trailer played.
Before my wife could see me, I had to walk out of the theater because I was overcome with emotion.
Tears... just wouldn't stop.
It was cathartic.
Sitting back down in the theater, I found myself completely blown away by what was being displayed before me in Tomorrowland. Perhaps it was my overly emotional state, but the ending of the film included a powerful speech by the "antagonist" of the movie, who said:
"In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. They dwell on this terrible future and you resign yourselves to it for one reason, because that future doesn't ask anything of you today. So yes, we saw the iceberg and warned the Titanic. But you all just steered for it anyway full steam ahead. Why? Because you want to sink!"I believe our best days ARE in front of us.
When the word "are" is used, it is meant to define the course of European-descended people.
Because that is WHO I care about for the future.
SBPDL started as a joke: back in May of 2009 in Atlanta.
But now we near the moment when it's time to stop joking around: when we've reached the moment when the future does ask something of you today.
If you believe SBPDL is worth investing in, we need your help.
The 2015 Fall Fundraiser must begin now.
Three extremely important projects need your help:
- The Philadelphia book
- The Indianapolis book
- The New Orleans/Hurricane Katrina book
- Turning the NASA book into an actual book (instead of just exclusively Kindle)
There exist few sites, if any, like SBPDL.
If you believe SBPDL is worth keeping around, we need your help.
With virtually no budget, Paul Kersey has created an institution: imagine what could be done with just a little funding.