All you who live in the United States have a new President this morning. I generally keep my political opinions to myself because, like religion and income, it seems like such a personal thing. And I thought, as a Canadian, I was mostly unaffected by the US election, though I followed the candidates’ progress with interest. The President of the United States, after all, is unarguably one of the most powerful men in the world, and as good and steadfast neighbors, your election is of great significance to Canadians and, indeed, the rest of the world.
I thought I was unaffected. But when I rose this morning to a red-streaked eastern sky, it felt like the world had already changed. I felt an enormous rush of hope and possibility, not only from a political or economical point of view. I felt hope for a cleaner, healthier planet…hope that society has finally reached a place where mankind is viewed through lenses that do not color skin…hope for our future, and our childrens’ futures, and their childrens’ futures…hope for peace. The possibility of peace.
“Hope in the face of difficulty.
Hope in the face of uncertainty.
The audacity of hope!”
– Barack Obama
I will sleep well tonight.