Andrew W.K. might be my new hero.
He writes a letters column for the Village Voice and I’d never heard of him until yesterday when someone I know posted his response to a letter from Son of a Right-Winger.
Son wrote to Andrew and said:
How do I explain to him [my father] that his politics are turning him into a monster, destroying the environment, and pushing away the people who care about him?
Andrew’s letter deserves to be read in full so I’m simply going to post this paragraph and encourage a full read:
Love your dad because he’s your father, because he made you, because he thinks for himself, and most of all because he is a person. Have the strength to doubt and question what you believe as easily as you’re so quick to doubt his beliefs. Live with a truly open mind — the kind of open mind that even questions the idea of an open mind. Don’t feel the need to always pick a side. And if you do pick a side, pick the side of love. It remains our only real hope for survival and has more power to save us than any other belief we could ever cling to.
So. Much. Good.
Here’s Andrew’s full column.