I also believe people are good. They want to do the right thing and most of the time they do just that. I am no exception. Sometimes I fail to deliver. Other times I do things that are just plain wrong. If someone hits me, literally or figuratively, I will hit them back. I learned this as a kid. I feel the need to even the score.
I am the father of three young men. I tried to give them the best of me and to hide the worst. Time will tell how I did but I think they are good men. It is good to pass good on.
I see a world of opportunity out there in the public and private sectors. Problems are opportunities just begging for help. I tell my young men this all the time. It is the exceptional who push through the inertia and make something happen. We live in a time of polarization, of finger pointing and blame. Think there’s not some opportunity here? We also live in a country whose infrastructure is failing. We are pushing the limits of our electrical grid, bridges, tunnels and roads. I smell opportunities, and it smells good.
When I was a kid a minority of any kind was ostracized. I am not declaring victory—we have more work to do but consider this; We have a black president, a woman is leading the polls to become the next president, a man who was on the Wheaties box in 1977 now adorns the cover of Vanity Fair, as a woman. We are having an outpouring of love and support for the gay community which endured such pain in Florida—by straight people. White people are calling out the injustices done to black men by police officers. There was no such thing as marriage between two women or two men when I was a kid. Think we haven’t progressed?
The way forward needs good men and women and you know what? We have them. They are right here in the good old USA. They are the sleeping bear. A bear that is about to get poked despite centuries of advice that tells us not to. The electorate has to make a choice akin to choosing the tallest midget. We will choose and start complaining about our choice this December. Despite all the good that comes for everyone from whatever holiday you are celebrating, people will complain. Then we will point fingers and blame the other side of whatever side you’re on. We will seem to be coming apart at the seams. Like Anarchy, but …
Two women will marry, a black man will risk his life to save a white man, inequalities will be exposed by people who benefit from the inequality because they have moral values. A child will help an old woman push her shopping cart. Doctors and researchers will work tirelessly to find treatments and cures. The Sun will come up every day.
Hope is buried in the hearts and minds of all of us. Sometimes we just get so overloaded with the rhetoric we can’t see the the good men and women out there. Here’s a headline: it is most of us. Almost all of us are good men. What’s does its mean to be a good man? The answer is: to be a good man is to be a man.
I am a good man, and I know plenty of other good men. There are good women too. Again, almost all of them are good. Add us up and you have the formula for social change that will come and lead our great nation to new heights. Don’t just watch, poke the bear!
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