Monday, January 19, 2009
history is over but the future is ours'
the american future- a history- book or dvd of series
bill moyers/simon schama part 1
bill moyers/simon schama part 2
bill moyers- born again american
for the first time in a very long time, i feel that sense of optimism and 'can do' that does define america. knowing that so very many people do really believe that america has flaws and that the entire country needs so very much work- well, it's a relief. i believe in the spirit of community service and working together- and it worked pretty well for our pioneering predecessors. i am hopeful that we can ALL work together this time though- black, white, brown, red, yellow, muslim, christian, athiest, etc. but i am not pollyannish enough to believe it will happen overnight.
we have so very much work to do to save our country and our planet- and i don't know if we will make it. but for the first time in a long time, i really feel like our whole country (well, perhaps not the 20% for bush) will be the united states of america in the future- again. schama points out our sordid history and perhaps it's because he has 'foreign' eyes that he is able to look so very clearly at it and still maintain that we did and do have good points. we need patriotism again- not the nationalistic flag waving type- but true love for our country; our planet; our brothers and sisters and in between- and ourselves.
we have a tough row to hoe these next few years- and we have to have the fortitude and the patience to get through. i am not pinning my hopes on barack obama. he is one man- a very compelling and intelligent man- but it isn't up to just him. it is up to us. it is our america. it is our planet. we have to shoulder the responsibility and the work to make it so. there are no excuses. we either do it or we don't. but we will have no one to blame but ourselves.