My wife and I talked over lunch about the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony and its effects on us personally and on societies local and global. What she said struck me so powerfully that I had to quote her:
"This is the opposite--this is the antithesis--of 9/11. What I mean is that what I felt that morning, the thought that history was changing, that American history would be marked pre-9/11 and post-9/11; and that the way the world and all Americans see this country would shift in some amazing--and even scary--ways. This day is the opposite of that, in a way. It's...like a phoenix rising from the ashes."
I formally invite DJ Jay Smooth to expound on the thought (and no, I don't agree with each of his points, but the overwhelming theme is on target):
We have permission to be happy while maintaining our practical perspective. America has signed a treaty with her children, a promise to learn from the cornucopia of our past blunders by walking in Dr. Martin Luther King's--and, for that matter, my mother's--dream to live as humanly and as humanely as we REALLY can in our country's grand area. Our problems are far from over in many ways, but we--America--are walking our talk again.
Let freedom ring. Keep walking your talk. Love somebody just because God loves him or her as much as He loves you. Talk about tough topics with people--instead of setting people up to look like racists because they don't understand your perspective or your culture. Open your mind enough to see another human's perspective, and you might change your mind about a few things. The work IS a part of the dream, believe it or not...
If I have misspelled or misused the beautiful words of your parent language, forgive me and correct me. It's my pleasure to learn. That, as it turns out, is another part of THE DREAM.