Yesterday we remembered all those who “made the ultimate sacrifice” in service to country. Especially since 911, we get all gushy. We should. We are blessed to live in this great country and blessed by those who have had to fight when the country seemed threatened.
Standing in dizzyingly sharp contrast to our immaculate patriotism is our muddy, heavy, dark cynicism. You can say you’re cynical about “them,” about Washington, about Congress, but we live in a democracy and so if we’re cynical, we’re cynical about US. Perhaps you feel hopeless — as I do from time to time — about the undue influence of wealthy people in politics, the changes required if the vast majority of scientists are right about the warming planet, or about our uncompromising approach to guns.* Those are my issues, and issues about which cynicism envelopes me from time to time. Perhaps other issues are close to your heart. Perhaps you feel more hopeful.
Well, if you “celebrated” Memorial Day yesterday, then I invite you to not just feel or speak patriotic sentiments but to ACT.
In a democracy we lead. In a democracy our “leaders” follow. I went to this site to get my Congresswoman’s email address, and I wrote her about guns. After another sick man lays people to waste, I can’t be passive any more.
I challenge you to write…about whatever vision you have for a better America. When was the last time you did, and in that way,
Led with your best self!