Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Significant Man

The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain. - Kahlil Gibran

This week has seen our most historic election since the infancy of this country. And while the record of this man is evident, and an indicator of his strong and good character, it is what Barack Obama plans to do, how he plans to reshape this country, that is a greater barometer of the kind of man he truly is.

After years of war, he seeks peace. With a murderer running free, he seeks justice. A market that deceives and punishes the everyman, he seeks to level the field. For the weak and sick, he seeks health care. For the disenfranchised, he seeks inalienable rights. For all children, he seeks a diverse and comprehensive education system. For an ailing world, he seeks renewable energy sources. For the unemployed, he seeks jobs with fair wages.

And he is the beacon of light in the darkness of these many days that we are capable of being the person we want to be. The drive, motivation, and focus for the things we don't quite have are the seeds of our characters.

May we not waste this epic opportunity. Barack Obama certainly hasn't. And he certainly never will.