We Must Do More!

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It seems as though everyone is dissatisfied with the state of the union and the direction of the country. If one is a progressive or a liberal, the trends are ominous and growing worse. If one is a reactionary or a conservative, social collapse or the end of days looms. Though these perspectives are virtually irreconcilable, they have a similar tone. Writing from a progressive or liberal viewpoint, I say to my brother and sister citizens:

Though many have done so much, today they and we must do even more and we must all get to work.

Life is dynamic. It never stands still. If we are not progressing, we are regressing.
Permanence is not a realistic option, and change is both powerful and inevitable.
Because we do not want things to get worse, we must do what it takes to make the situation better.

We should be proud of what we have accomplished, but we must not be complacent. Achievements can be reversed, overturned, or eroded. Yesterday’s victories are today’s battles and in battle triumph is never assured. Forty-eight years ago, many crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the way to Montgomery, but other forces are marching now and the journey is heading for a profoundly different destination.

Though we and the country made real progress in those hallowed days, it is now imperative that we strive to make a good deal more. Achievements are not valid reasons to abandon effort. In fact, they are great starting points for more important gains.

No matter how high we had previously aimed, or how much we have previously attained, the challenges of this hour, this day, and this time demand that we aim higher and do more.

Now we must prove ourselves to be worthy heirs to the people we once were or admit that we are has beens and our glory days are gone forever. We can give our lives an infusion of renewed energy and enthusiasm by giving ourselves a profound and meaningful new mission. Will we set our sights on a new and improved destination; will we summon from our true depths the courage and the commitment to defend and extend the progress of fifty years ago? .

Now as never before we must aim high, achieve greatly and then aim even higher. We know many of the greatest achievements in the world belong to tired, discouraged, despairing people who kept working long past the point when all seemed lost.

We are not merely here to earn a living or pass the time. We are here to inspire the world to live more nobly with a more beneficent vision with a finer and fairer spirit and a greater sense of possibility and aspiration. We are here to enrich and ennoble the world and we impoverish and betray ourselves if we forget or neglect this chore.

We can do it, and we must do it. However, we cannot do it merely for ourselves while forgetting about progress and prosperity for our community. As we rise and resume our efforts they must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others. We must work for their sakes as well as for our own.

We can do it if we recognize that the roughest roads are often those that lead to the mountaintop and the harder the struggle the more glorious the triumph. Let us come together as a beginning; stick together as a strategy, and work together until we triumph.

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  • Larry, you continue to inspire with your passion for the march forward to a better society, and I find that truly admirable. And though many Liberals have worked hard for our President and his agenda, Washington has happened to him through an implacable Congress.

    Perhaps we who lived to see the walk to Montgomery, must now pass the torch by example to our children and to the youth of this country. They must seek to Rise! Rise! Rise! No longer can they be complacent. Tomorrow is not promised to their elders, nor anyone else.

    I see the fire in the belly of youth in the Middle East who seek change from oppressive rule. We must “teach our children well,” so that they will also fight the good fight as you continue to do by your shining example. The youth must carry the torch. How to get them there? When? I know there must be a strategy. How would you define it?

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  • Cher,

    First thanks for the kind words and just thanks for being who you are.

    I gave my students a poem that was based on Ella’s Song that conveyed my thoughts on the need to engage the youth. In my presentation, it was called “We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest.”

    The relevant lines are below:

    The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
    Is when the reins are in the hands of the young, who dare to run against the storm

    Not needing to clutch for power, not needing the light just to shine on me
    I need to be one in the number as we stand against tyranny

    Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot, I’ve come to realize
    That teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survives

    So the youth must surely carry the torch, but for my part, I cannot drop it. As long as I draw breath, I “need to be one in the number as we stand against tyranny.”

    Thanks again!


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  • You are a brilliant and dedicated teacher, Larry. The lines you provided your students are certainly a clarion call. Not only was I inspired as a young girl by teachers, but also by my parents. Every evening during dinner they would quiz my brother and me on current news events of the day. Debates began. Seeds of knowledge were planted. Encouragement was given. And we grew, my brother and I, into social activists. My hope is that many more parents will do this with their children and that we have as many clones of you as a teacher as possible.

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  • Kudos to you parents and hooray for social activists!

    Thanks for the kind words on my teaching efforts.

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  • Larry you are so right. We must engage. I find myself having conversations that I would never have had when I was young, but now I know how important it is to engage people. Well written. You should run for office Larry. 😉

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    • Thanks Dani,

      I have told my sons my only regret is that I did not pursue a political career years ago when I had the chance and the energy. Now, I content myself with being a voice crying out in the virtual wilderness.

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