Look How Far We’ve Come
Winston Churchill said, “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time….”
I find it entirely too easy to think of our form of Government as the worst while I impatiently push for our nation to arrive at the fully formed paragon of freedom and justice I dream for it to be.
We are obviously in a state of transition right now. Covid-19 and George Floyd are forcing us to look at some ugly truths about the United States as we know it.
I find it easy for my liberal heart and mind to be cynical and bitter about how much more progress needs to be made. I don’t want to act from cynicism and bitterness. I believe that those feelings can shape how I approach any action. I fear those emotions will shade how I view people on both sides of issues moving forward. So what do I do?
I believe I can begin to see more clearly by looking backwards all the progress we have made. When I look backwards I can see just how far we have come, and that is the cleanser I need to scrub away my cynicism and bitterness. If we can come so very far from July 4th 1776 we can keep pressing forward to transform from what we are now into a better version of ourselves. Then cynicism and bitterness are replaced with encouragement and love. I find that to be a much healthier way forward. Any change we need to make in this time of transition is within our ability to make. I know we have so much further to go but look how far we have come.
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Date(s) - Jul 5, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am