We have to do better.
“If fidelity to freedom and democracy is the code of our civic religion then surely the code of our humany is faithful service to that unwritten commandment that says we shall give our children better than we ourselves shall receive.”
— Aaron Sorkin, The West Wing
What happened to us? How did we get to this point?
These are the questions that I have been reflecting on lately.
We used to be a nation, a country, a society of people that cared. That put our heart in our decisions and in our actions. That even in disagreement, we still looked out for eachother. Our neighbors. Our brothers and sisters. Our community. Our future.
We still could though. We might have just hit a rough patch. A fork stuck in the road. And we just have to get our bearings. A wake up call. To get back on the right path.
The path where we care. Where we look to our hearts. Where our hearts, minds, and body are intertwined with how we live.
There are far too many problems in the world. Grave challenges that could end us. Climate change that is threatening our lives and the future of our planet. A changing economic landscape that could leave many without stable income or the freedom to follow their dreams. Forces of greed for power that could lead to further splintering and cracking of our democratic infrastructure. Far too many more to name. And far too complex for one person or one loud voice to solve.
It requires all of us. And it requires all of our energy. Connected in one unified force of good.
There is no time for pointless bickering. No time for bullying. No time for namecalling. No time for hate. There never is.
We cannot fall into the false belief that social isolationism is the right path to venture down. We cannot succumb to the false sense of safety that we are better off looking after only ourselves. We cannot fractionate our nation into a nation of lonely individuals. That is how we fall. That is how we falter. That is how we die.
We have a nation to build. A country to better. And a society to ensure is better off for future generations.
And we can only do that together.
We have to do better. We have to design a better tomorrow. A tomorrow that works for all of us. A tomorrow that looks out for the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. A tomorrow that looks out for the misunderstood. For those that are lost.
We have to do better. And we will do better.
It starts with each one of us. Working each and every day towards a more better world. A more connected world.
So what are you doing? It’s time to take action. It’s time to get to work.
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