After making my list of New Year's resolutions I learned that six of them are on USA.gov's site, Popular New Year's Resolutions. How adorable is our government? I mean, when not torturing and racial profiling people?
John Oliver, the British comedian of American politics, says the American character is, "the ability to wholeheartedly embrace excitement while letting disappointment and failure slip away as quickly as you can."
Alexis de Tocqueville, another great European student of America, wrote Democracy In America almost 200 years ago, but he was kind of a forecaster. He noted, "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America ceases to be great."
"Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom."
"Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure."
I like de Tocqueville, but I refuse to believe that we Americans lack courage and energy to face evil in our history and in ourselves. I believe, 'tis not to late to seek a newer world.
"Start the beginning of the ending" Malala Yousafzai said in her Nobel acceptance speech yesterday, start where you are to end violence and hatred. History is made every day by the choices we make in their homes, on our streets.
Speak up, stand up, heroic hearts. Give love. Not in a feather-headed tra la la la way, either. But as a warrior for new possibilities.
It's my resolution #10. Be peaceful and love everyone. But should probably be #1.