I can be obstinate, so ordinarily hearing people say, “Peaceful Muslims are in cahoots with evil ones, do you ever hear them condemn violence?” would drive me to snap back: “Fine, I’ll show just how in cahoots I really am!” Except I am so desperately wild for bombs to please not tear apart places I love that I can’t mind the taunts — I have to do something anyway.
But what? I am just one person who doesn’t know what she’s doing. Maybe I should join the Muslims who do interfaith outreach, but I’m a terrible talker. I’d just spook everyone into thinking Muslims are weirder than they already did.
Maybe I should go around with a “Muslims for America’s Bodyguards” sign, which I totally don’t mind doing, except I think it would alarm, not reassure, people.
At one time, I thought I could write my way to a world where no Muslim blows anything up and everyone thinks that we’re really cool, but no one wanted to publish what I had to say.
Finally, I thought: Why not teach myself how to make animations? That way, I can animate a world where Muslims and non-Muslims get along beautifully, and share it on YouTube. If people see it, we can be it! I figured by the time I was through, the world would be perfectly peaceful.