A short time after Barack Obama won the presidency my neighbor who is now deceased said to me about his election "I can't believe this happened to my country." It was clear he was experiencing the grief of a death and I think he was correct. The election of Barack Obama marked the death of an old belief in exclusion, exploitation and dominance by the few and my neighbor along with people of like mind were keenly of aware of this.
President Obama won on the message of hope and change. It was and is the message of inclusion. What we have been seeing since his election is the desperate reaction of those who identify with the old power who are unable to accept the end of their world view. This is as true with the alt-right as it is with the alt-left. They are both calcified in an old way of thinking about how things work. Neither of them have solutions to the complex problems of today.
In order to hold power the predators of the world need to destroy hope. They want to intimidate. They want to exploit. They want to breed fear and they want to dominate as the means to destroy hope. They want to institute policies that destroy hope because when you are without hope you are weakened and easy to exploit. They understand that President Obama brought hope to millions of people in this country and around the world so their desperate need to destroy the legacy of President Obama is in essence their desperate attempt to destroy hope.
It would be easy to think that they are winning but this is not the case. Change is a universal necessity and the time for change has come. The chaos and disorder we are seeing is being orchestrated by a small minority on people. These people are so identified with a belief system that they feel the the death of that belief is the death of themselves and therefore they see themselves as fighting for survival and yet what they are fighting to preserve is the cause of their demise. Behind or underneath this consolidated minority the majority of people have hit their breaking point and are ready for change. The majority have an understanding that if we want to survive we have to change and that if we change we have the potential to thrive.
I am unwilling to cede hope. The election of Barack Obama ensured that the time for change has come. We are the change we have been waiting for. We are the hope we have been waiting for. We need to not lose sight of the bigger picture. Those who are in power might be able to cause a temporary setback but the time for change has come. President Obama helped to institute the real revolution and that is the revolution of hope. He helped to institute new structures of inclusiveness and he helped draw a contrast that is now causing the old thinkers to fall on their sword.
The old thinking is now fully in the spotlight and it is clear that not only do those who are holding the power not have solutions to the problems of today, they are making it clear that their so called solutions are the cause of the problems of today. Although there are those who are determined to continue to deny reality it becomes more difficult to pull off that con with each passing day. They are self destructing right in front of us.
We are living through the death of an old idea and an old way of being but make no mistake in its essence it is dead. It has no place in the future. We are at the beginning of the birth of a new idea. Inclusion is our future. The honoring of diversity is our future. Justice for all is our future. I am unwilling to cede hope because I am aware that this is what is taking place. I am unwilling to cede hope because I am unwilling to give them that power. I am unwilling to cede hope because I understand that we are the change we have been waiting for. The time for change has come.