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Inauguration=Happy Day!

I’m so happy I got to watch the inauguration at work. They set it up in the lobby and though the sound for CCNlive wasn’t coming in, we used the radio and though it was a about 30 seconds out of sync, I was still glad to see it. I got a bit teary eyed in front of co-workers but I was so happy and moved.

 

During his speech, I was given hope. I felt I was released from the poisonous cynicism that has been the product of the last 8 years. I was 18 when Bush was inaugurated, I was just too young to vote for the 2000 election, not that it mattered in the end. My young adult life started on such a downer note, I knew things were not going to be good but it was hard to imagine how bad things really could get. I realized that the state of the country affected my own state of mind.  I think the greed and corruption that was going on in the government and in the corporate world, trickled down to me in a way, in the form of cynicism and an attitude of why should I have to be the better person when no one else in power is going to live up to ethics. For a little while I had hope in 2004, but it was crushed, stamped out, and more anger and cynicism grew in me.
 

I’m not saying that I’ve been a bad person or that Barack made me a better person or anything. I’m just saying that the zeitgeist has changed with Barack Obama, and I feel it in me too.
 

Back in 2005 when I was sitting in Qwest field, waiting to receive my degree from Seattle U, I listened to 2 or 3 speeches about how important it was that we use our knowledge, degrees and positions as educated citizens of world to make that world a better place, as per the mission of the University and the Jesuit order and all. At the time I thought “yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah.” I figured, at the time that I’d volunteered a lot in my time, though I knew that it was either doing something I loved (like working for Tablet) or because the university required it of me. As much as it was stressed to me on graduation day what responsibility came with my degree, I brushed it off, probably just figuring that my degree was going to help out my own lot in life, (if that, I figured I might end up an English Major turned well spoken barista at Starbucks, honestly). The world just seemed too fucked up for me to do much good in.
 

I’m happy to say that the change in spirit and attitude in this country that Obama has brought out has made me ashamed of such apathy. When he talks about a call to service, there’s something about him that makes me want to heed that call. Maybe because it’s not coming from a religious institution (i.e. Seattle U). Perhaps it’s because he himself has worked his way from modest beginnings to making history. Maybe it’s just because if he’s willing to take up the insanely difficult job of putting this broken country back together, (who would want that job, seriously?) I can do my little part too. It’s not much, its two hours a week at the library in Columbia City, but it’s something. I’m living up to that responsibility that came with my English Degree, helping city kids, mostly first generation immigrants with their homework. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, I’m just saying that my attitude has flipped, I guess over the course of 6 months or so and I know I’m not alone. I want to make Obama proud. I want to serve to make the world a little better. The cynisim has faded, the apathy dead. All those buzzwords of “change” and “hope” and “yes we can” isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a genuine feeling. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but still. The 21st century can start properly on the right foot, now.

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flyvapnet
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yes!
That's an excellent entry, Mir! Indeed, it's time to throw open the doors and windows -- figuratively speaking, this time of year -- and let the freshening new breeze blow through, cleansing everyone and everything.

=^..^=
pandapropaganda
Jan. 20th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes!
Thanks Mr. Cat. I hope you, too, are having an inspirational innaguration day! Cheers!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
So in SF, there is Bush St. Last night it had a little face lift. Damn I really miss living there sometimes.

(I hope this works. Oh well. I'm a short buser when it comes to HTML stuff. Sorry. )

Old Sign
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jef/16775473/in/pool-obamastreet

New Sign
http://www.flickr.com/photos/violetblue/3211717009/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/violetblue/3211717007/in/pool-obamastreet
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tantek/3213852860/in/pool-obamastreet
Good times.
pandapropaganda
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
ha ha ha. Awesome. I Like the one replacing end. Bush with Begining Obama! Woo-hoo!
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