Did you hear it?
"To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it."
This was part of President Obama's Inaugural address. Arguably my most favorite part. I, along with the rest of the world, watched the events yesterday. I cried, I smiled, I kept telling Tariku to watch the TV. I did all of those things I was supposed to.
What I really hope happens is people take all the passion they're feeling and throw it at something that will stick. We cannot put all of our hopes and dreams on one man, it just doesn't work. Obama knows it, which is why he asked that we take responsibility. Can you imagine how different the world would look if those 2 million people that stood in the freezing cold took that same elation and worked for feeding the world's hungry?
What a different world.
I'm hopeful today. Hopeful that people realize Obama doesn't stand as THE person who is going to change our lives but stands for the type of person who puts it upon themselves to change lives around them. Because he's not the second coming. He's a man who took what God gave him and used it to change the world he is living in.
And that is what I hope we get most from our President. It could go without saying that he will never meet the country's expectations if we continue to live like we have (out of our means, not helping our brothers and sisters both here and abroad) because very little will change. Should the country step up to the plate and start taking responsibility, truly anything is possible.
Like clean water for everyone in the world, for example.