A new dawn looms as we free it,
For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it,
If only we are brave enough to be it.
— Amanda Gorman
At the Inauguration of President Biden today, inaugural poet Amanda Gorman read her stunning poem “The Hill We Climb.”
I am not describing her age here nor the color of her skin because they are irrelevant to the genius of her words.
It is a Law of Nature that the leader of any endeavor sets the intention for that endeavor, whether it is a country, a family, a business, and organization, the Earth, the universe, or an individual human life.
Today President Biden gave us his intention for the United States of America.
Democracy has been challenged, but it rises again as our natural state of governance.
Read and watch President Biden’s Inaugural address here…
In the process of writing the Lifely post E Pluribus Unum—Of Many One , I was led to an old book called De Officiis (Of Duties or On Obligations) which was written by Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero in the year 44 BC. It was Cicero’s gift to humanity, to define ideals of how men should behave in society in order to achieve lasting and happy relations.
I found a free copy online and started reading it.
It’s an amazing, amazing, amazing book that explains how humans can live together co-operatively and productively quite simply, within our lifely context, of course.
Some weeks ago I wrote a post about the phrase E Pluribus Unum but didn’t publish it. It just seemed like it wasn’t the whole story. I’m happy I waited because there was more to come.
Then a couple of weeks ago I was watching the national news and the head of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Curry—who presided over the marriage of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry—was interviewed about his new book Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times [I haven’t read this book]. He is a descendant of enslaved people and the first Black man to lead his church.
Since Joe Biden first announced his candidacy for president, he has been saying that he is fighting for “the soul of America.”
Even then I wanted to know what he meant by that, so I searched online to see how he defined “the soul of America.” I found nothing from him, but did find a best-selling book called The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.
I read the entire book and have been wanting to write a post with my comments on the subject, but the time didn’t seem right.
And now, yesterday morning, when I saw the new Biden-Harris ad (above) I knew it was time.
Larry and I voted!
This is actually the first time that we have voted together, where we studied all the candidates and issues and then voted together exactly the same, so we contributed two votes in agreement instead of having disagreeing votes cancelling each other out.