We go on
Here we are…the day after what was almost certainly the longest, most divisive, most hard-fought, and most expensive presidential campaign in U.S. history. Votes were cast and counted and many of us watched the election coverage anxiously hoping that our preferred candidate would be successful. Today, less than 24 hours after many of us cast our votes, half the voting public is disappointed by the outcome while the other half is thrilled with the result. Big, seemingly insurmountable differences…and yet we go on.
Voter approval or rejection of controversial state-level ballot initiatives such as same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana, among others, highlight differences among us in terms of what each of us thinks is or is not socially acceptable, responsible behavior. Some people consider these initiatives as simple common sense in an evolving society while others are convinced they are morally and socially destructive. Big, seemingly insurmountable differences…and yet we go on.
Attempting to reconcile these and other impressions I have from the campaign, I finally settled on the idea of a hand-stitched tapestry documenting our history. Imagine for a moment vignettes illustrating every major event from the arrival of the first settlers hundreds of years ago through the devastation of Hurricane Sandy just last week. Success and failure, heartbreak and celebration, optimism and despair—all captured stitch by stitch onto an ever-expanding canvas. As faded and worn as they are, the early stitches prove our resilience and add a richness and patina to a now-ages old tapestry. The newest stitches are still bright and compelling, harsh in comparison to the earliest ones, but experience teaches us that these too will fade, moderated by future events and decisions that most of us can’t even imagine.
Such is the course of history…we go on.