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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #849 - #FallBackForward

12 Nov, 2018

FALL BACK FORWARD


"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies."
Robert F. Kennedy

"Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened."
Anne Louise Germaine de StaŽl-Holstein
(Madame de StaŽl)

"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves ..."
Humbert Wolfe

"... but also the wider horizon more clearly seen ... the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again."
Hal Borland



The leaves are settling on the ground beyond our newest home
As the dust is settling from last week's election.

We keep learning
(if we choose to learn from all the political and cultural changes)
what is possible
and how it may be obtained.

I know Al Gore thought he was preserving democracy single-handedly
when he walked away after the 2000 election,
but he was teaching the mercenaries how they could continue to win
even while losing.

They have perfected the art--
no, no, the science, for there is no art to it.

But those who will not be silenced are learning their lessons as well--
slowly, more ethically, more responsibly,
but indeed learning.
We did not take to the streets when Gore lost while winning.
(How different things might be now if we had.)
We did for Hillary.
And look how much we accomplished in this last election.

Stacey Abrams will not concede until the last vote is counted
no matter what abuse they throw at her or what they accuse her of,
and why shouldn't she?
Martha McSally is also not conceding, and no one is calling her names
or saying she is destroying democracy.
Bill Nelson is also pushing back, and calling Rick Scott out
for his unsubstantiated accusations.

Leaves falling, dust settling,
and the political trees are laid bare for all to see their trunks and branches.
Those who have tried to force us all to fall back
are losing their grip on absolute power
and losing their grip on reality and sanity at the same time--
because facts are not on their side,
and if these manipulations don't work, they have nothing else.
Now it is for us to grab the reins, hold on tight,
and fall back forward,
with rage but with righteousness,
bringing them with us into the future.
Because that is who we are.


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