This IS Us

All kinds of people have said in the last 24 hours, as so many good people have tried to say in other dark hours, “This is not who we are.” With all due respect, with the events of January 6, 2021 etched in our brains, this IS us. It is who we are because we keep repeating it.

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Facts and Truth

In light of our current crazy political environment I find this quote incredibly insightful:

“The effort to state an absolute fact is simply an attempt to achieve what is humanly impossible; all I can do is give you my interpretation of the facts.” — Ivy Lee, one of the first to practice the new field of public relations in the 1920s. (From These Truths, by Jill LePore, p. 412)

I hate to say it, but that guy got it right 100 years ago. It’s the environment in which we now exist.

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Before the election…

The longer I live, the more I realize that we simply don’t know who we truly are until we’re tested. We can vocalize our beliefs all day long, but when living those beliefs is hard—when upholding our principles carries a cost—that’s when we learn what we truly value. — David French

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The election

The election is just days away.

A prayer:

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide and direct, we humbly pray, the minds of all those who are called to elect fit persons to serve in our government. Grant that in the exercise of our choice we may promote your glory, and the welfare of this nation. This we ask for the sake of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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The moral convulsion

“The period between the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in the summer of 2014 and the election of November 2020 represents the latest in a series of great transitional moments in American history. Whether we emerge from this transition stronger depends on our ability, from the bottom up and the top down, to build organizations targeted at our many problems. If history is any guide, this will be the work not of months, but of one or two decades.” — David Brooks

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