Summary: American politics is dominated by fear. As we start a new year, we can gain courage by looking at the good aspects of our past and the glimmers of good fortune that lie in our future. These moments are conjured by our myths from the dry pages of history — so that we remember who we are.
Morpheus speaking to the people of Zion
From The Matrix Reloaded (2003).
Believe me when I say that we have a difficult time ahead of us.
But if we are to be prepared for it, we must first shed our fear of it.
I stand before you now, truthfully, unafraid.
Because I believe something you do not?
I stand here because I remember.
I remember that I am here not because the path that lies before me,
but because of the path that lies behind me. …
Tonight, let us make them remember, THIS IS America AND WE ARE NOT AFRAID!
What I believe
Every New Year I review my core beliefs. It is easy to lose sight of these important things amidst the clatter of daily events.
We are a people with a great past.
The challenges ahead are no greater than those behind us.
The American people can surmount these challenges if we work together.
We will be what we wish to be, if we work to make it so.
Other inspirational posts as we start new years.
- Inspirational words for the New Year from JFK.
- For the New Year, let’s shed our fear of flying into the future — Reasons we need not fear the future.
- A New Year’s resolution for America.
Good news about America!
Here are some posts about good news. See others at Good news about America.
- A crisis at the beginning of the American experiment — Looking at the problems looming before us, it is easy to forget those of equal or greater danger that we have surmounted in the past.
- Is America’s decline inevitable? No. — Why be an American if you have no faith in the American people?
- Some words from a great man to give us a strong start for the New Year — By Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Rebuttals to the big list of reasons why America will fall.
An inspirational film for New Years day!
I strongly recommend watching 1776. It is a musical portrayal about the founding of the United States based on the award-winning Broadway production. It features “the tough and unyielding John Adams (William Daniels); the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva); the brilliant Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), and the rest of the Continental Congress.
The play begins with the road to the declaration at a dead end and describes the Founders efforts to overcome what look like insurmountable obstacles. It ends on July 4, 1776. Much of the dialogue and song lyrics were from the letters and memoirs of participants of the Second Continental Congress (especially John and Abigail Adams).
The songs are great. The singing and acting are superlative. It will give you an uplifting start for 2018!
I also recommend David McCullough’s book, 1776.