“All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. You don’t have to help it, you don’t have to applaud it, you don’t have to fight for it. Just don’t put it out. Just don’t extinguish it. Because while it may at first look like that love is between two people you don’t know and you don’t understand and maybe you don’t even want to know, it is, in fact, the ember of your love, for your fellow person.
Just because this is the only world we have. And the other guy counts, too.
What is this, to you? Nobody is asking you to embrace their expression of love. But don’t you, as human beings, have to embrace that love?
The world is barren enough. It is stacked against love, and against hope, and against those very few and precious emotions that enable us to go forward.
And here are people overjoyed at the prospect of just that chance, and that work, just for the hope of having that feeling. With so much hate in the world, with so much meaningless division, and people pitted against people for no good reason, this is what your religion tells you to do? With your experience of life and this world and all its sadnesses, this is what your conscience tells you to do?
With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field on which we all live, in favor of unhappiness and hate — this is what your heart tells you to do?”