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Thanksgiving

Posted by Gerald on November 27, 2008

We’ll just take my usual anti-Thanksgiving tirades as read.

I’m thinking this year about all of the problems we have.  I recently read Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.”  One thing he wrote about is that he learned from his experiences in Auschwitz that suffering provides us with opportunities to find new meanings in our lives.  Here is my hope that we can find (or, I would argue, create) some better meanings in the face of the current suffering around us.

Let’s make our world into one where we focus on all the huge things that connect us rather than the minor things that separate us.

Let’s make our world into one where our first thought in bad times isn’t to hoard what we have for ourselves and our loved ones, but to try to make it so everyone can get more of what they need.

Let’s try to define our lives more by what we do and what we feel than what we consume.

As a nation, let’s try to get past this whole Jacksonian “the President is the embodiment of the people” thing that leaves us waiting for big daddy in the White House to come save us.  We ARE the damn people and it is up to us to make it happen every day, not just once every four years.

None of these ideas are original, but I think we could be thankful if they could be realized.

Thanks to all of my friends who read this.  I hope you have a good holiday.

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“Maybe You Don’t”

Posted by Gerald on November 22, 2008

This was a line from Battlestar Galactica concerning whether the human race deserves to survive.

When you read stuff like this (I read about it on My Beautiful Wickedness), you really have to wonder.

Please disprove this sentiment by sending a little cash, if you have it to spare, that way.

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It Happened

Posted by Gerald on November 5, 2008

I’m still coming to terms with the reality – and will be for some time.

One thing is clear – the real work is just beginning.  There is so much to do and such odds against it.  Still there is such an air of hope and joy with these results.  The attitude coming through the coverage is so different from anything I’ve seen in any Presidential race I’ve been alive to witness. 

McCain’s speech was everything a concession speech should be.  He showed himself as the class act he has been.  Where was that guy for the last few months?

The boos during that speech show the ugliness that has been such a part of conservative politics for so long.  My greatest hope is that we could see the end of the centrality that sort of mean-spiritedness and hatred has enjoyed in our national life.

I am just blown away by the way the results of this election are infecting the news people – even on Fox.  As I flipped through channels the only people who were striking notes of gloom and fear were those fine represntative of Christianity over at CBN.

I hear people are celebrating in Greensboro.  I’m relatively sure they are mourning around here.  This NC county went Republican and there was never any real doubt it would.

Obama’s speech is about to start.

I can’t believe this is happening.

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One More Day

Posted by Gerald on November 3, 2008

If you are into Broadway musicals and Barack Obama, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ijYVyhnn0

I actually had tears in my eyes at the end of this video.  I’m so afraid to hope.  Not just that he’ll win, but that his victory might signal the beginning of a change for something better in my country.

I voted on Friday.  There was a site at the college for early voting (it isn’t a regular polling site).  The last time I voted there (in 2000 – I voted on election day in 2004) I just walked into an almost empty room to cast my ballot.  This time I waited in line for almost an hour and a half.  To put that in some context I live in a rural county and the college is halfway between the two largest towns (and hence equally inconvenient for both).  Many of the people I was in line with had come there to avoid even longer lines at the larger polling places.  Everyone was pretty cheerful and at pains not to actually discuss who they were voting for.  If I went by purely surface impressions I’d assume that the heavy early turn-out for Obama had inspired a growing early turn-out for McCain by that afternoon, but I can’t be sure about that.

The cover for this week’s edition of “The Economist” summed up my hopes.  It shows a picture of Obama striding purposefully toward the camera under the words “It’s Time”

It is indeed.

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