Today is the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The riots did not start because gay people wanted the right to marry, to keep jobs or to have equal housing. The riots started because it was against the law to serve gay people, for gay people to meet and enjoy each other’s company in public. Simple things we all take for granted today. Look at all the positive things that have happened since the riots. All the marches and other victories. I really try to change the way I think about certain topics. I try to keep an open mind and try to let positive thoughts flow. An opened-mind can change the world.
“I don’t want everybody to agree with me…I just want people to Think.” - Alan Moore*
“The Minutemen” are a group of Superheroes that have been around before World War 2. Some of the early members were Nite Owl (Hollis Mason), Captain Metropolis, Silk Spectre (Sally Jupiter), Dollar Bill and The Silhouette. Although their ranks changed their mission remained the same, protect the citizenry and help each other become a model for people to live by and admire. Eventually new members, the Comedian, Doctor Manhattan, Ozymandias and Rorschach joined. Soon Nite Owl (Daniel Dreiberg apprentice to Mason,) and Silk Spectre (Sally’s daughter Laurie Juspeczyk) joined. These heroes eventually lead to a change in the Vietnam War and the rise to Richard Nixon to the President. Then in 1977 the Keene Act was passed and the “superheroes” were banned. The heroes left unchecked became darker and tried to control the world. With the help of Rorschach, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre the heroes fell back into their proper place and even thought differently of what it meant to be heroic.
We think all the time. Everything we do is a thought. Thoughts are faster than the speed of light. With our thoughts moving so fast then why think with a closed mind? Why stop our thoughts? An opened-mind can carry a creative person even further. An opened-mind can allow us to accept all people and make friends with people we never thought to be accepted. We can direct our thoughts – think positively and the mind opens faster. Here is a challenge. Sit quietly either in the morning or evening looking out the window (or on the patio) and just look out watching the world. For one minute try to let the positive thoughts flows. Pay attention to how fast these thoughts flow. The relaxation will be just as fast.
First Appearance: The Watchmen, #1 (September 1986) DC Comics
Creators: Alan Moore (writer) Dave Gibbons (art)
* “Secret Origin: the Story of DC Comics, Warner Bros, release date November 09, 2010