Ah, what a glorious day shining on the jubilant throngs of diverse crayola-individuals at one fortunate epicenter of idealistic human visions – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Finally, a metaphorical reconciliation, not on only for a nation’s historic contradictions, but also another in the procession of cosmopolitan contritions for sins against the inequality denounced by the House of Abraham! Glorious, yes! Revel, yes! But, it is only another beginning. Avoid the mistake of others that have sacrificed for change – don’t you dare go home and wait!
President Obama has emphasized three great challenges for our generation, but failed to mention two. He has spoken of the dramatic financial crisis, two wars, and a planet in peril. He did not mention the two challenges of gross inequality and inequity that, despite contrition, are still unresolved within our nation. And, taking those again to the cosmopolity, while wanting to invoke a stingingly poignant line from Hotel Rwanda, suffice it to say that many are forced to live lower than humans. More sins unacknowledged, more contritions remain unmade. No, even if the hand that our new President is extending proves genuine, looking at those challenges, there is no time to wait.
The challenges need to be expanded and taken to a higher context in order to clarify vision. Certainly the financial crisis is demanding – downright scary. Yet, we are a society that knows how to suffer while evils are still sufferable. That crisis is of financial hocus-pocus (and probably fraud), but will be resolved (and possibly punished) with time. The two wars are also controllable. The first may be most-accurately lynched upon assurances of government stability that veils the needed rules of law that ensures resource contracts – challenging, but controllable by people. The other war may be more challenging to unwind, may require a grander coalition, but also is manageable. Of course, that impresses better relations with other nations, but also do-able. The remaining challenges – planet in peril, inequality, and inequity – are the damning inheritance that we shall impose upon our children. Of those three, the decline of the planet is beyond human control. Our children need help now. Don’t just go home and wait!
While awareness of the Tragedy of the Earth is ascending, most, even within our society, are ignorant of the vitality of that crisis. That Tragedy now requires an unprecedented cosmopolitan response of time, talent, labor, energy, resources, ingenuity, acceptance and unity in order to perform triage on human activity. Unfortunately, that intersects with, and is limited by, those ancients -- inequality and inequity. After all, how can cosmopolitan citizens support the future recovery of the Earth, if they are currently suffering while striving to feed and take care of their families? In stark contrast, that is while others unfairly, even selfishly, are able to disproportionately despoil our shared planet. Those demonstrate some of the most dramatic chasms of inequality and inequity. And, none of that deals with our societies’ apparent inabilities to play nicely with each other in the global sandbox.
Yes, take the time to reflect on the ancient injustice confronted. Bathe in that warmth. Use that jubilation to reinforce idealistic visions – equality, equity, safety within our environment – the pursuit of happiness for future generations. Now the work begins again. Start searching for your empowerment. Start small, start at home, but start. Continue to teach proper lessons. Seek to hear ancient wisdoms. Strive to understand better. Pray while keeping with your feet moving. The table we are stepping towards is not at the national mall. Nor is it by invitation from a hand reached down. We now demand a seat to negotiate at the global mall!
Idealistic, quixotic? “…there are some things within our social order to which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I call upon you to be maladjusted.”
That is sure to keep a certain Seraph King, so present at yesterday’s ceremonies, proudly smiling!