Barack Obama and the Legacy of Hope
Legacy is defined as something handed down from generation to generation. The legacy of a president is often thought of as being the passing on of policy achievements. Considering who is about to become in charge of policy it is clear that much of the advancements in policy achieved during the presidency of Barack Obama is in danger. In addition to the list of items that would be considered the legacy of President Obama there is another kind of legacy that does not have to be destroyed and that is the legacy of hope.
When Barack Obama first became widely known and was running for president he inspired millions of people and he put forth an expectation of hope. There were people who became quickly cynical and who lost hope early into President Obama's first term. There were were others who were inspired by President Obama and who had a deeper understanding of the nature of the hope that he inspired.
The definition of hope is a desire accompanied by an expectation or belief in fulfillment. Hope is more than just a good feeling and it needs to be more than just an expectation although both of these qualities are important. Hope is not of much value if it doesn't materialize something. Hope needs to be seen as a substance that is nurtured and grown. Hope needs to be seen as a substance that becomes the basis for a structure that advances the needs that are present. The hope that President Obama inspired was of true value because it's intention was to materialize the fulfillment of hope through whatever avenue that was available.
President Obama was for us a teacher and a model of how to materialize hope. He looked soberly at the challenges that confronted him each day and he looked for a way to address them that would move us in the direction of finding solutions that would bring about the fulfillment of hope. He didn't waste his energy in regrets of what could have been. He needed all of his attention and energy to be focused on finding realistic solutions that would move us in the direction that would begin to materialize hope. Because of this dogged and tenacious approach to problem solving he was able to change many things for the better in spite of an opposition that was incredibly powerful that wanted nothing more than to see him fail.
We are at an tipping point in human history where the need for change has never been greater due to wrong human thinking and wrong human activity. It can seem at this time that hope has been shattered. The destructive forces of the world seem unified and although they are far from the majority they have puffed themselves up in order to invoke fear and therefore paralysis. They are attempting to escape the death of what they have invested in. They are loud because they are fighting for survival.
Barack Obama won the presidency twice because enough people understood the need for change. He began to establish a new hope and now we are seeing the forces of resistance congealing and trying to assert itself in order to turn back progress. It is like a dark cloud that is blocking the sun attempting to convince us that it will forever be able to block the sunlight from shining through. The dark clouds are temporary but the sun is enduring.
A few days ago President Obama gave his final address to the nation. He spoke of the progress we have made during his presidency. He thanked all of the people who assisted him on this journey. He ended his speech in reminding us of what is essentially important. We are the hope and we are the change. President Obama has left us with the precious legacy of how to grow hope. When the student is ready the teacher appears. When the need is present the solution is able to appear. Right now it is clear there is great need. President Obama has left us the legacy of how to move forward. Yes we can, yes we did and yes we will.
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