Soham

I’m bringing it down a little today. I don’t feel like being funny. Your usual late night hosts don’t feel like being funny. No one feels like being funny this week.

We don’t talk about straight privilege, but we should. We don’t talk about Christian privilege, but we should. We don’t talk about mainland-born privilege, but we should.

I’m not going to recap the news for you. I’m not going to tell you the problem is gun control or radical Islamism or anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric. You’ve already heard plenty of that and there’s plenty more to come.

I want to talk about soham. It’s a mantra that means “I Am That.” I rebelled against this the first time I heard it. I was like, “No way in hell am I like someone who shoots a bunch of people in a theater. No way in hell am I the guy on the train that sneers at anyone of a different race.”

It took awhile, but now I understand. I am that. I am a racist and a terrorist, and I am Mother Theresa and a gay Puerto Rican man who just got killed. I have committed genocide and I have successfully performed open heart surgery to give a mother back to her family.

If we embrace soham, if we embrace the fact that the universe ties us all together and that we’re all one, we can take responsibility and start to make changes. When we don’t act or speak up, we are complicit in the violence, in the greed, in the corruption, in the hate and bigotry because that is a part of us that if left unchecked can destroy the world.

I am that. I am responsible for making change. I am the good and I am the bad. We all are and it’s time to love each other. You don’t know the impact you have when you spread love, but it’s the biggest force in the world.

Until then:

All my love, support and privilege,

Katie

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