[These words were posted tonight at Twitter
by an account that usually devotes itself to parody of a scientist. Not tonight.]
The future is never gone, never hopeless. No one has ever lived in the best possible world. There has always been a fight to fight.
No jokes tonight. Do not laugh and look away. Watch this, stay here. Burn this into memory. Wake up tomorrow: the fight will await you.
Tonight is different. This election is different. We are here, in this place and time, through no special providence or destiny--
--But we are here. We find ourselves with a job to do, no matter how hard, no matter the pain in our hearts. Do not shrink away.
FIGHT. Donate time, money, expertise. Come out of this cloud of distractions, from those that mock you and those that want your love alike.
Retweets are not actions. Work in your cities, vote and advocate, teach yourself and give to others.
This is the end of nothing. This is the beginning of something new and solemn and so important. You must be part of what comes next.
My children will not believe what I tell them about this tomorrow morning. They will cry. They will be confused and hurt and angry.
My job as a father is to do more than to just soothe. My job is to show with my mind and heart, with word and action, that I am with them--
--That I am not disheartened. That I will stand up. That there is another day and another fight and I will never stop fighting for them.
I will, until my heart breaks and my body fails, fight to smooth and shape this world for my children. To make for them a better world.
I will not show them despair and anger. I will show them fierce, brave love and hope born of sure knowledge that history arcs upward.
There is sunlight ahead, there is victory and a gentle peace for all, a future of truth and concord. We will not all see it.
But we will - must - fight. Fight, for the truth that must burn undimmed in your heart. Fight, for the love that we must kindle in the world.
Tonight is the beginning. The last old day has set. Wake tomorrow, and remember. Tonight is the beginning.
I pledge, tonight, for my children and my own aching heart, to dedicate myself to a better world. I will fight. I will love.
I will not despair. I will not give in. I am not done. We are not done. I will. I will. I will.