Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. This is an excerpt from his inaugural speech:
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself…
A major theme in Obama’s campaign was and still is HOPE.
Some may say HOPE doesn’t pay the bills and that HOPE hasn’t made the schools better. Nietzsche said that HOPE was the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of men.
But others say HOPE is necessary to humanity. Cervantes said, “Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.” A great proverb says that HOPE is like a road in the country. The road may not be there at the moment but when many people walk upon it, the road comes into existence.
So where do you stand?
Is HOPE necessary?
Is HOPE for suckers?