For the past eight years we have had the opportunity to observe and experience the First Couple who have displayed a consistent demonstration of dignity and grace. In the face of an unprecedented level of hatred having no real basis that could have easily broken them they have remained dignified and graceful.
The historian Ken Burns studied the life of Jackie Robinson and the crucial role his wife Rachel played. Burns interviewed the First Couple about this marriage and President Obama remarked about how important it was to know that someone has your back. Michelle added that Jackie couldn't have been who he was without his wife and that they were equal partners. Ken Burns remarked that there seems to be a great parallel between these two marriages. Because the First Couple seems to be a marriage of equals they have served to support each other and to uplift each other which has made it possible for them to display this consistent expression of dignity and grace in the face of great adversity.
Dignity and grace are enduring qualities. Great music lasts throughout the ages. Great art holds up over time. Great literature is read long after it was written. All of these things have lasting sustainable qualities. There is something seemingly eternal about them. They touch the human heart at its greatest depth. Things of lesser quality don't last, they come and go but things that are of a greater depth and substance remain.
We are about to see the First Couple leave the White House. What looks to be replacing them is of a very different quality. It seems almost inconceivable that the difference could be so great. They appear to be polar opposites. What is taking place seems to be unprecedented. The gap is so wide and the distance is so great between one thing and another. This is an example of a huge disparity.
Disparity seems to be a reoccurring theme at this time. It seems to be touching almost everything not only in this country but around the world. There is a great divide between what is needed and what is taking place. This disparity of all kinds that we are experiencing seems to be unprecedented. None of our systems are working for the good of everyone. Disparity has infected humanity and it has grown to a point that is unsustainable. Since it is unsustainable that would indicate that it must be near it's end therefore we appear to be at a tipping point.
During this election cycle we have been experiencing something that is loud and vile that seems to try to suck all of the oxygen out of the room. What we have been witnessing is the culmination and the end point of what has caused all the disparity that is taking place and it is unsustainable and therefore it will end up being the cause of it's own demise.
The media is a commercial enterprise that is packaging and selling a product that does not meet the needs of society. It has become completely self serving and therefore it is making itself obsolete. It is telling us the things it wants to tells us and it is creating the impression that what it is showing is all that there is to know.
Under this seemingly deafeningly loud noise and underneath what the media is choosing to present there is also something that might go unnoticed. Due to the fact of the vast disparity that exists throughout the world it is becoming all but impossible to ignore the presence of real pain and suffering that is taking place as a result of this great inequity. What is growing out of this awareness is the quiet yet potent presence and force of compassion. The loud noise is unsustainable and therefore it can't last. The presence of compassion is growing in the field of human consciousness and it is enduring and sustainable.
We have had the honor and privilege to experience and learn from having witnessed dignity and grace as displayed by our First Couple. They have been serving to construct and nurture that which is sustainable and they have modeled this for us. The darkest hour is just before dawn. We are at a tipping point. There is reason to have hope. Current events have made it clear that now is time to choose. We can move in the direction of that which is enduring and sustainable or continue to cause even greater pain and suffering. The choice is simple and the choice is clear. We can follow the example of our First Couple and help lead the way out of the darkness.