Having a Ball
I had the pleasure of attending Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” on Monday night. My good friend and coworker ‘S’ (Writer vs World) invited me to attend with her and, being a closet Gaga fan, I enthusiastically accepted.
As expected, the show was nothing short of magnificent spectacle. I’ve been to a great many concerts in my day, and this was easily the most theatrical…and loudest.
A three-story-tall castle engulfed the stage, opening to reveal inner chambers filled with musicians and dancers. Dramatic entrances and extravagant costume changes were no surprise; Lady Gaga’s genuine talent and penultimate display of humility were. Just before her last number, Gaga made a telephone call to an audience member.
The young man was easily ten years younger than me. His eyes, rimmed with heavy liner, glistened with held-back tears as he spoke to the superstar. He bravely told of being called derogatory names in school and laboring to feel confident and accepted.
I’m a run-of-the-mill WASP ‘Jane Doe’ from middle America whose life has been blessed with kindness and general good fortune. Even so, I have yet to find true confidence in myself; I should be most surprised if the uncertain little girl inside of me ever relinquishes her hold. Growing up is hard, and the process never really stops. Adding the complexity of an “unconventional” sexual orientation is beyond my ability to comprehend.
Elie Wiesel, who wrote Night (a book I highly recommend you read), said
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
I am humbled and must confess that I’ve not been a very loving person in this regard. I have homosexual family members and friends whom I adore because they’re close to me, but I’ve never taken much time to ponder the larger difficulties that they (or any minority group) can face. While I’m hopeful that it hasn’t been overly perceptible, I know that indifference has been my default modus operandi far more often than has love.
Jesus states very clearly:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
(Mark 12:30-31 NIV)
We are to love our neighbors, plain and simple. There’s no qualification based on economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or anything else. How much better would life be if we all worked to show love to one another rather than attacking those whose views differ from our own?
Lady Gaga didn’t set out Monday night to challenge this girl’s heart, but that’s what happened. Now enjoy some blurry pictures from the show…