The road a country takes to decency and respect for the rule of law is long. Work toward rebuilding belief in the common good; displaying generosity, given out of our abundance; showing empathy for those who lack all the blessings we’ve received, and putting love for people above love for money and power never ends.
This journey requires courage to face the unknown rather than succumbing to the fear that seeks shelter in the authoritarian lie. It requires fortitude to face reality. It calls for us to imagine a brighter future coupled with the resourcefulness to get there.
It requires hope in the face of a president, supported by too many enablers, who regularly incites terrorism against the citizens in his care. But hope, grounded in the memory that we’ve made progress against those who would favor power and minority rule over democracy in the past, can see us through.
“I think we’ve learned the arc of history doesn’t bend towards justice on its own; it takes serious elbow grease to wrestle that sucker into place,” wrote one political satirist* who looked back at the last four years with thanks for every bit of work taken to ensure a free and fair election at the moment we needed it most.
Small steps can be important steps, best taken with a seriousness of purpose combined with a joyfulness in living.
Today we took a small but important step. Today is a new day.
More to come…
*Sucker wasn’t the exact word used in the original, but I changed one letter for this family-friendly blog. You can read the entire post of this wicked yet on-point political commentator here if you don’t mind a little salty language.