Dear Mainstream Media (and the general public of Planet Earth):
To quote the wise Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.” The word to which I am referring is bravery. You keep using it in reference to Bruce Jenner. I admit, it must be confounding and confusing to feel uncomfortable in your own skin (we’ve all been a teenager, so on some minute level we can be empathic). It must be terrifying to not understand your purpose here on Earth (heck, just browse the aisles of Barnes and Noble and you’ll see the word purpose all over the stacks — it’s a universal issue).
But, to say that this Olympian has exhibited bravery or courage is false. Some state it better than I. But, with over 2,500 American casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (not to mention other countries and other battles), Calabasas, CA is not the place to be cheering on the brave and courageous.
Bravery is giving up the comforts of a job and home and life to go to a foreign land to protect the rights of people you have never even met. Being willing to give up your life for others, for the greater good…THAT is bravery. That is courage.
* Princess Bride photo courtesy of http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/you-keep-using-that-word-i-do-not-think-it-means-what-you-think-it-means .
* Bravery photo courtesy of http://bookandbiscuit.com/2014/05/16/quote-me-on-that-divergent-and-bravery/.