1. Obama’s about to get a lot of shit for his lofty laundry list that had most of the liberals on my feed happily tweeting quotes from the full transcript. I hate to fall to cynicism but this was all a bit too campaign-y for me. How much can be actualized? Seems like he’s in ‘get the middle-class / young voters excited again’ mode.
2. So I’ll just pick my favorite (yet untweeted) quote from tonight:
They know that this generation’s success is only possible because past generations felt a responsibility to each other, and to their country’s future, and they know our way of life will only endure if we feel that same sense of shared responsibility. That’s how we’ll reduce our deficit. That’s an America built to last.
The problem is, we’re lacking that sense of shared responsibility. Does anyone really care about the next generation? About people across class lines? Doesn’t seem like it.
And so I quote Daisaku Ikeda:
What distinguishes first-class individuals from others? In my view, it is essentially the fact that they focus their gaze on posterity and base their thoughts and action on the welfare of future generations. Those who do so have a vision. They are not swayed by short-term phenomena of the present.
So, do I give in to cynicism, or do I take Obama and Ikeda’s common point of great truth and try to live it out in my own life? What’s your vision for future generations? I dare you to believe in it…and if you’re young, like me, build a career with faith in the long road ahead.