The salutation of my Monday morning First Click column is usually some cheerful variation of “… but first let’s get you caught up on the weekend that was.” Sadly, this particular weekend was tragic after dozens of innocents were senselessly murdered and maimed inside a Florida nightclub. The shooting is being called the most deadly in American history, in a country where deadly mass shootings are status quo.
I can’t help but reflect upon the following two quotes after reading about yet another gun-related massacre in the US:
"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." — George Santayana
"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future." — George Bernard Shaw
Of these, I prefer Shaw’s words because they’re hopeful and prescribe corrective action. Action that can be taken by the rational and compassionate human beings that participate in the US democracy. People with the power to change the course of history. Citizens with a responsibility to make it harder for lunatics to acquire assault rifles and shoot up another nightclub, school, clinic, movie theater, or house of worship. To do nothing is unconscionable, especially in an election year.
And that reminds me of JFK’s riff on the Shaw quote:
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." — John F. Kennedy
The week ahead may prove to be unsettling for many due to the unfortunate timing of the big E3 gaming event — an annual celebration of mayhem, gore, and extreme violence often depicted though the eyes of a first-person shooter. It kicked off on Sunday with EA and Bethesda, but hits its stride later today with Microsoft (preview) and Sony (preview), before Nintendo holds its presser on Tuesday. Check out our previews and schedule for a full run down of what to expect.
Apple takes the stage today as well with the start of its big Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event. We’re expecting details on a more inclusive Siri, an Apple Music revamp, iOS 10, and… ah hell, just read Jake’s painstakingly detailed WWDC preview.
OnePlus will also launch its new OnePlus 3 flagship phone on Tuesday. Although the company has finally gotten rid of those annoying invitations, it wouldn’t be OnePlus without some quirk. That’s why orders of the phone will be exclusive to VR shoppers for the first few hours.
And if all that doesn’t make you feel better, maybe the premiere of Pixar’s Finding Dory on Friday will help. The Finding Nemo followup includes the voice work of Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, and the return of Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of Dory. A whimsical family-focused adventure sounds about perfect right now.
So, by all means, take some time to distract yourself from the Orlando tragedy. But let’s not forget our responsibility for the future come November 8th.
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