Stephen Colbert on suffering: “Acceptance is not defeat."
A lengthy profile of Stephen Colbert, future host of The Late Show, in GQ, exposes a side of the comedian the public rarely sees. Author Joel Lovell goes deep into Colbert's past, when, at the age of ten, his father and two of his brothers were killed in a plane crash.
The conversation turns towards acceptance of suffering, which, Colbert says, both helped him survive that trauma and made him the fearless comedian he is today.
“[The relationship between my mother and I] was a very healthy reciprocal acceptance of suffering,” he said. “Which does not mean being defeated by suffering. Acceptance is not defeat. Acceptance is just awareness.” He smiled in anticipation of the callback: “ ‘You gotta learn to love the bomb,’ ” he said. “Boy, did I have a bomb when I was 10. That was quite an explosion. And I learned to love it. So that's why. Maybe, I don't know. That might be why you don't see me as someone angry and working out my demons onstage. It's that I love the thing that I most wish had not happened.”
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