The power to triumph over adversity is an innate gift to every person and by extension to every group and nation. On the surface, this may appear to be a well-meaning but cruel lie. Adversity and, for some, diversity can feel overpowering.
Many young couples express doubt about the sanity of conceiving children in a world that appears destined for suicidal destruction. Others, all but ignoring the foolishness of most of their outlandish options, express doubt about living in a nation where so many diverse opinions are in conflict with their own and so many diverse people are in conflict with their image of themselves and of the America they call their own.
We frequently feel surrounded by chaos, lies, the incompetence and the treachery of those seeking office and holding power in decision-making positions that affect our lives. Even though rhetoric abounds suggesting that humankind is moving inexorably towards an international embrace of democracy and peace, we still live under the threat of nuclear holocaust. Secular and religious leaders are still willing to lie to, steal from, and abuse the nation they purport to want to lead, serve, and protect.
Even if men spared Earth a nuclear holocaust, many of us live in fear of economic failure, of terrorism, and the threat of social violence bordering on anarchy--sometimes from the very voices that claim to be the most patriotic and staunch supporters of democracy.
The political, military, and police actions of a country's political factions are often a nation's greatest peril. Because of political actions and political and religious rhetoric, life for the many who desire opportunity and equality for all is a relentless assault against our sensibilities. It is for these reasons that we affirm the revitalizing and energizing power of hope and change and prefer it to the debilitating destruction of doom and gloom.
In every individual soul and in the soul of every nation are two important forces. One is intrinsic, a gift from Creation. The other is learned, and more often than not, is a gift from someone who assumed responsibility for us when we were young. For the soul of a young nation that formed The United States of America, that responsibility was assumed by the brave intelligent men who framed our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence.
Sometimes, however, the powerful force that rescue us from the harbingers of doom and gloom can simply be a gift to yourself, or in the national sense, a gift to ourselves.
The first force is the resilient power of self preservation. The latter force is the resilient power nurtured by intelligence, discipline, perseverance, hope, and an aversion to lies and deceit. The power of self-preservation is a gift from our creator. Discipline, hope, perseverance, and an intelligent aversion to lies and deceit is an essential part of every person and every nation's ability to learn, to adapt, to grow, and to ward off the evils of arrogance, delusion, division, hate, and the messengers of doom and gloom.
Disappointment in personal and political expectations that causes a person and any parts of a nation to live lives smoldering in fear, arrogance, anger, and hate creates within our bodies and within the soul of our national psyche an environment that sustains fertile ground for many of the maladies that result in diseases, debilitation, giving up, and of being without meaningful direction.
But the human brain has a very powerful feature that helps us to maintain a healthy happiness. It will accept positive thoughts as perceptive solutions to problems and will use those positive inputs to alleviate the pain of stress, and the stress of diversity and adversity.
When the forces of truth, hope, discipline, perseverance, and self preservation are in us, the power to overcome adversity and the stress of diversity is an inherent part of a powerful and happy nation. For the sanity and sanctity of these United States of America it is important that Americans keep hope alive and well.