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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Season of Hope



The week after the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, for the first time in many years I felt the surge of hope. Things can change, things can improve, good things can still happen. The afterglow of the election make it seem like the '60s again--when young people could make a difference and change the world, when a man could walk on the moon, when love was free, safe and all-encompassing.

Unfortunately that euphoria screeched to a halt after reality set in a decade later, with more senseless war, stupid politicians, materialism, and AIDS.

But now once again hope for a better world arises from the four corners of the earth with the change in American politics. Hope is what makes the United States so different from other countries. Maybe it's not as frequent as it used to be, but rags to riches is more than a myth and is still possible in the U.S. of A. It's proven possible that a free voting public can elect a black man to be the most powerful leader in the world.

Hope is universal and a daily miracle; every time someone decides to get married despite negative statistics, it's a triumph of hope. When people choose to have a baby to raise in a hard and difficult world, it's a celebration of hope.

Christmas is the season of hope. A new babe is born. There is more good in the world than evil. Hope is triumphant.

May you be hopeful and joyous this holiday season and throughout the new year!

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