If you only want ninja adventures, skip this post. There’ll be a post with all sorts of ninja commentary later on.
I originally made a commitment to make this blog about gamebooks, and particularly the Way of the Tiger, rather than political opinion.
However, I think it would be crass to make jokes about ninjas and wars between fantasy kingdoms after the violence in Orlando, Florida of around 12 hours ago.
There will always be enough blame to go around at times like this. (The fact that this kind of thing happens often enough for me to type the words ‘at times like this’ is itself a source of grief.) Blame is easy. The determination to confirm a self-serving belief that all tragedies are the fault of another is overwhelming.
Extremists, by definition, will commit extreme acts. Frequently, these extreme acts will be against those who do not conform with that particular extremist’s idea of a ‘proper’ or ‘moral’ society. It is for that reason that, at this moment, the collective idea of a free and accepting society becomes vitally important. A hideous deed of this kind is an act of violence against all members of an accepting society, because it serves as an attempt to punish people for the simple act of existing outside of an arbitrary ‘moral’ code.
As Asimov wrote : “Violence is the final refuge of the incompetent.” Any act of extremism or violence in response to this carnage is nothing less than a complete failure and abdication of responsibility.
Most importantly – 50+ people are dead, and they shouldn’t be.
I have nothing else to say.