The Future Looks Possibly Bright, Maybe

May 7, 2008

I don’t know if Barack Obama can lead that, but the notion that the idealism he has inspired in so many young people doesn’t matter is dead wrong. “Of course, hope alone is not enough,” says Tim Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics, “but it’s not trivial. It’s not trivial to inspire people to want to get up and do something with someone else.”

It is especially not trivial now, because millions of Americans are dying to be enlisted — enlisted to fix education, enlisted to research renewable energy, enlisted to repair our infrastructure, enlisted to help others. Look at the kids lining up to join Teach for America. They want our country to matter again. They want it to be about building wealth and dignity — big profits and big purposes. When we just do one, we are less than the sum of our parts. When we do both, said Shriver, “no one can touch us.”

– From Who Will Tell the People? by Thomas Friedman

With a big win in North Carolina last night, and only a marginal loss in Indiana, hopefully Obama can pull through! Man, I’m almost glad to have lived during the reign of King George just to have such a beautiful foil to what Obama’s presidency might be (it’s a very, very, very small almost). Maybe something good can come out of GW’s presidency. Who would have thunk it?

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