Remember this moment

Cowardice askes the question:”Is it safe”? Expediency asks the question:”Is it politic”? Vanity asks the question:”Is it popular?”But conscience asks the question:”Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one what is right.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

America, this day belongs to you as your collective conscience has willed you into action. It reminded me of a time when a nation also acted not because it’s safe, political or right, but according to conviction.
We as people outside of your world may not even begin to grasp the magnitude and audacity of such an event. But we celebrate with you all the same.

Before the election, there were many who expressed doubts about the man. Is he too fluffy? Too much rhetoric involved in his approach? No enough experience to run a country? Too young? There is even this one american I’ve talked to who sincerely hopes Barack won’t be elected and also because the democratic party have its origins from the pits of hell. I understand their sentiments because while I resonates with his vision for the country, I have my doubts too. But I have believed faith and doubt not to be distinct polar opposities but twin siblings, walking and running side by side in parallel to the destination Hope.

You can’t change a country by putting your limitations on its leaders. In fact, you can’t change anything as you allow the plague of cynicism overcome you to the point you don’t believe any progress can be made. But there are people who believed since the dawn of the time, for such a time as this. And we thank God that they did.

This man probably needs more than one term to see evident changes in his country. This man’s economic policy doesn’t quite add up, according to Mr. Mayor Bloomberg. This man needs to learn a lot more before he has the knowledge and capacity to act over the next few months. But this man will. You can see it in his eyes. The intensity of his focus coupled by the calmness of his exterior.

For all that this man is not, this man also is. He can rally his people. He can inspire. He can give assurance of a better tomorrow. And boy, can he speak.

This man has humility even in victory, to call for the help of his past opponents and his fellow countrymen.

This man is a symbol. Like the collapse of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, the first landing on the moon, this man represents how humankind have the capacity to summon within themselves, the will of their conscience to go past race and gender and to choose the Change that they can believe in.

I believe this man can. I believe we can.

It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

– Barack Obama

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2 responses to “Remember this moment

  1. Me too! With this man at the helm and the philosophy of Bob the Builder to steer him through troubled waters, we will all arrive safely at a better place:

    http://caughtinthemiddleman.wordpress.com/2008/11/06/barack-obamas-victory-speech/

  2. time to take a step back and come back to politics at our own backyard which demand the same level of attention we gave to this concluded american saga.

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