I would have thought such a silly question answers itself. A fellow named Damon Young, who sometimes writes for the New York Times, agrees . . . but his answer is different from mine. My take:
[T]he above conversation reminds me of the conversation I imagined myself having with the kind of person who wrote Young’s piece at The Root — or better yet, a woke white person who subscribes to such a philosophy:
Woke Person Whose Race Does Not Matter: Hey, let’s have a conversation about race!
Me: Um, OK.
WPWRDNM: So anyway, I think whiteness is a plague on society!
Me: I just remembered I have something else to do.
WPWRDNM: No problem. Let’s resume the conversation soon!
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
The text is available here and contains these words:
Let me feel the joy and pleasure,
let me gladly sound the triumph,
when the cross me hard doth press.
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