I was writing the other day.
Oddball said something:
"There are people dying down there."
My inner critic/smart-mouth went off, "People are dying everywhere, all the time, Oddball."
And I shut it up quick. Because I realized something. That is not something that you ought to ever tell Oddball. Or else he would be a very glum, gloomy person for a week, if not longer. It would just steal his light. To know that people everywhere are dying and nothing can keep that from happening.
Of course, he knows about it, in his subconscious. But it's not something he likes to bring to the forefront of his mind. It's too much for him. He can't handle that much sadness at once.
Pray tell, who can?