Ok, I can’t resist the opportunity any longer, to blog on the inauguration of Barack Obama.  So, like every other blogonaut out there, here goes…  It is indeed a hopeful moment.  An amazing, global, historic, sincere, and much-needed hopeful moment.  I can’t think of anything the world needs more right now than hope. Obama

And I say this not so much because I hope in Mr. Obama himself, however much I admire him; but rather, because I am hopeful that deep down he seems to understand that real hope must come from something much deeper, more powerful, and longer-lasting than his presidency or his personality.

Listen to this pre-inaugural comment he made in Philadelphia yesterday as the embarkation of the “2009 inaugural train to D.C.”-

 “What is required is a new declaration of independence not just in our nation, but in our own lives-from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry-an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels.”[1]

President-Elect Obama seems to understand, as his speech-writing predecessor Lincoln did, that the beliefs underlying the institution of our government are the source of hope, not the personalities whom providence and fate have cast into the breach of uncertain times.

Where are we to find hope?  In instincts, or faith?  Angels are the biblical messengers of hope, while instincts are born by pheromones.   Obama’s quote above points to the only source of real hope.

The only instinct that could possibly be “true” would be an instinct for hope, an instinct that the transcendent goodness we perceive in life is indestructible  And the only way such an instinct could possibly be really true, would be if it were more than mere instinct. 

[1] Jeff Zeleny, NYTimes, 18 January 2009.


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