Wednesday, November 9, 2016

- Now what?

Retrospective (11/11)

Patch #314 How I hope


Original Post 

I looked up the phrase "our better angels" and discovered that it's a paraphrase of the conclusion to Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address ...


after which "We the People" proceeded to slay each other for four long years.

We survived, but at huge cost. Will we repeat history or learn from it?

The only hope is that our better angels will prevail sooner rather than later.

And lest we forget ...


14 comments:

Marti said...

Today I am down, tomorrow I am determined to reach out in a way that matters and that way for me will be to become a literacy volunteer after the first of the year. As a child of immigrants who struggled to learn English when they came here in order to become a part of their community, their state, in order to become citizens and to vote with pride and understanding for their new country, this is the legacy that they gave me. This is the way I will honor them and honor the belief that we all matter and we all should have equal opportunities...

Mo Crow said...

soul on deck and shine

Liz Ackert said...

We are each called to do good, the best we can do ... we can do no less

Liz Ackert said...

To do the next right thing as if our very lives depended on it ...

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

phew, all of it still sinking in....

Liz Ackert said...

The whole world watches and waits ...

Dana said...

I am completely frightened and scarcely functional. What the hell is going to happen now?

Liz Ackert said...

For what it's worth, this is what I've done so far ...

1. Listened to Hillary's concession ... and resolved to learn from it
2. Read Garrison Keillor https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/trump-voters-will-not-like-what-happens-next/2016/11/09/e346ffc2-a67f-11e6-8fc0-7be8f848c492_story.html?client=safari
3. Ate breakfast and lunch, then planned dinner
4. Looked out the window and saw the world was still turning
5. Resolved to do more and better in whatever future "we the people" make for ourselves

Dana said...

Good list, Liz. I will follow your lead.

Liz Ackert said...

I'm hoping I can follow it, too ... which is why I wrote it down for future reference

Genie Geer said...

I am still sad and scared but hoping for silver linings...something my mother used to say. She was an artist and stitcher, too. I'm so grateful for this community of like-minds.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for stopping by ... perhaps together we can make silver linings

Angie said...

I too am so grateful for this online community as we struggle with the darkness and despair that has descended. I would love permission to share your post on my blog, especially the quote that you have posted here and the five suggestions. Please and thank you.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for coming by, Angie. You (and anyone else) are welcome to share anything on my blog, I only request that there be attribution. For more on that, you can click the ink at the foot of my blog to read the Creative Commons license for details.