I am relying on the long-term resilience of…

• the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law

• the courage of countless individuals within government and outside of it who speak truth to power in the face of bullying and other forms of intimidation

• the power of existing and yet-to-be established groups that will empower citizens to stand for America’s founding principles and place in the world community

• a free and independent press that will relentlessly seek and tell the truth to the highest journalistic standards

considered judgment over raw opinion and impulsivity

• science and rational evidence-based decision making over ignorance and superstition

• the historic capacity of Americans to resist tyranny wherever it may arise

sanity-preserving humor over arrogance and vindictiveness

generosity over greed

a sense of “we” over “me”

Most of all, I’m relying on the resilience of love to prevail over hate, inclusiveness over exclusiveness, respect over disrespect, civility over incivility, and reasoned debate over emotion and propaganda.

I don’t know if any one of these qualities will be sufficient, but I am hopeful that in combination they will provide a brighter future for all of us.

In what do you place your hope?

10 Responses to “I am relying on the long-term resilience of…”

  1. 1 Patricia De Bello January 25, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I would add the preservation of Free and Appropriate Education for all youngsters in the Unites States. Democracy is greatly dependent on public education – where diverse ideas and diverse young people can come together. P. De Bello

  2. 3 jimmi77 January 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Thinking of the flip side of your hopes, paints a picture of a country too ugly and dysfunctional to contemplate.

  3. 5 jcfunk January 25, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I share your hope. Although the concept of a free and independent press is the ideal, it seems that today journalists have their own agenda, and instead of reporting news hide behind “unnamed and undocumented sources” to further their own point of view through innuendo and supposition. I look forward to the triumph of considered judgment!

    • 6 Dennis Sparks January 25, 2017 at 11:03 am

      I appreciate your comment, “JC.” While I agree that some “journalists” blur the line between reporting and opinions, and that some may hide behind unattributed sources, for the most part the news sources I most trust don’t do that, and if they attribute information to anonymous sources, they explain why they must do so. That said, I think it’s important for every citizen to develop the habit of healthy skepticism regarding news sources and to dig deeper into “news” that seems suspicious or that confirms their already existing biases. It also seems to me that this one of the most important habits of mind that schools can teach and develop across the curriculum and grade levels.

  4. 7 rickrepicky January 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I hope that people recognize that similarities of the plight of Syrian refugees to that of the Jews in WWII.

    • 8 Dennis Sparks January 25, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Point taken, Rick. There are indeed important similarities to be kept in mind as the U.S debates its policy regarding Syrian refugees, particularly in light of the promises made by our new president.

  5. 9 Ann Delehant January 28, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I stand with you.

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