This week, a man logged onto Facebook in a state of existential dread and shyly asked the world to comfort him.
He had read a report, he explained, which revealed that Queen Elizabeth II was going to punish the US for electing Donald Trump by revoking its independence. He was alarmed about the consequences of this action. Could it mean nuclear war?
Someone tried to tell him that it was satire but he wasn’t reassured. What if it wasn’t satire?
I found myself surprisingly affected by him. His question had been asked with such polite fragility that I couldn’t bear to think badly of him. Instead, I saw an anxious human left exposed by his parents and the education system that failed to make him literate. I saw a frightened person asking for help because he’d been given substandard tools and they had broken.
I think I also saw myself…
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