“I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.” – Martin Luther King
And so it begins.
Last night when the final results came in and declared Barack Obama the 44th President of The United States, I cried my eyes out and laughed at the same time. It was an extremely emotional and cathartic moment for me, because all I could do was think of what I had seen in my youth; all the violence and hate, the war without end, the deaths of great men…all of it somehow made sense. All of the past seemed to lead to this moment, and for years we as a nation may not have seen that it would, or understood that the tragedies of the part would somehow lead to hope for the future…all of the past suddenly seemed to jump into a massive prologue to the present in a way much different than we ever could have imagined. The Dream had come full circle, and with it the perspective of tragedy and the weight of injustice lifted from our collective shoulders.
We…all of us: white, black, brown, Asian, Gentile, Jew, man, woman, straight, gay…we did indeed overcome. We did see our brothers get to The Mountaintop, with many of us with them on their journey as we climbed that mountain with them…and when we reached the summit, we did so TOGETHER. All you had to do was look at the sea of faces in Grant Park in Chicago last night…THAT is what America is all about! That from out of many indeed come one: one Nation, one people, one hope…the last best hope of Earth. We have reignited the torch that had been dimmed over the past eight nightmarish years.
It began with the first slaves brought to Jamestown in 1619, continued throughout British Rule, and eventually carried over into the birth of the United States and beyond until 1861 when we waged war upon ourselves. Freedom was given to the slave, but equal rights would not be forthcoming until the Civil Rights Act of 1964…and then we still had a great racial divide. Throughout all of this, the circle was being drawn…and last night we reached its completion.
We have become the Closed Circle, and nothing in this country or on this Earth will ever be the same again. Last night began the New Age of Mankind; the first stirrings of The Great Awakening have begun to resonate across out land and upon the waters. We as a people, have overcome…and just imagine the bright future that is ahead for all of us if we do not squander this moment in history to begin anew.
The triumph of Humanity and the realization of our potential is upon us…let nothing stand in our way.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro