Friday, August 29, 2008

Anniversaries



The wheel of the year turns round and round, bringing in the new and ushering out the old again and again. No wonder we love anniversaries so much. Only by noticing what's different this time than last time is it possible to see change in action on the larger scale of cultural mindset.

When historic anniversaries coincide, it's well worth noticing, for instance that last night's acceptance speech by Barack Obama happened to fall on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech. Could they have planned that? But when they scheduled the convention, surely no one knew yet who would be the candidate. However it came to pass, still the coinciding anniversaries marked yesterday as an even more powerful and more historic event.

Yes I watched, the whole thing, even though the convention ran late for those of us on the east coast of the U.S. One of my favorite parts of Obama's speech was when he said that this election is not about him, it's about us, the American people. Thank you, Barack! His candidacy proves without a doubt that something big has shifted since 2004 - thank God! It's a big healing.

McCain's decision to name a woman as his running mate is not only an indication of his need to compete with Obama's groundbreaking candidacy, but also a sign that even the Republicans are ready - finally! - to see a person of color, or a woman, sitting in the highest offices. Until now the horrible job of U.S. President has belonged exclusively to rich white men.

I refuse to get invested in who is going to win the election in November. I'm Obama all the way, moreso now than ever, oh yeah. But I don't want to be bound by my wishes and hopes. I'm more curious to wait and see who gets elected and what happens next, because something, some old paradigm, has shifted in a monumental way since 2004. After November 4th, we'll know just how much we've been able to shift. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Loosely crossed! (Is that possible?)

The wicked witch of the west, a.k.a. the rich white man of U.S. presidential politics, is melting. At last! Bravo!! Mark 2008 in your book of anniversaries, people. This is a presidential election to remember.

10 comments:

tut-tut said...

Let's hope he really is melting, and not just morphing . . .

I remain hopeful, and energized by Obama. The addition of a woman on the GOP ticket will be an interesting twist. I know nothing about her, so I need to find out what her background is. McCain certainly tried to make her out a populist today. I had to leave in the middle of it all, so didn't get to see her.

Miranda said...

Great post. Great pics. Fingers crossed. There is an amazing amount of Obama mania here in East Africa...
fingers crossed

deborah said...

a heart crystal melting from the ice?

a great shift

keep you own heart warm and strong
and your eyes clear
and your voice sharp and insightful

to create these beautiful glimpses into your life for all of us

i love you so much

Merle Sneed said...

I'm with you on this. I hope Obama wins, but I can't get too invested.

Pod said...

i hope things work out over there too. the whole world wants it. bay steps i guess though
(hello)
xx

lettuce said...

what an amazing and auspicious coincidence!

lets hope you'll (we'll) soon be singing "ding dong..."


i love the timelapse pics. - and your reflection

x

Lynne said...

Good eye, letty, I was so intent on watching the ice melt I didn't see Reya's reflection in the background! Is the heart on the bottom of the glass or was it frozen in the cube?

It will be very interesting to see what happens next. We sorely do need change.

Adrianne said...

Reya, this is a wonderful, thoughtful post and a beautiful series of photos. Seems to me that the transformation taking place in the glass evokes the kind of transformation of our political landscape for which you and so many of the rest of us are hoping. Wouldn't it be nice if the melting of our political wicked-witch ice could be as beautiful as what took place in that glass?

P.S. Thanks for putting up the link!

Steve said...

So this is one of the crystals being thawed, I assume? It is great to see change and progression, though I tend to think the "change" of the Republican variety is more show than substance...

Gary said...

First of all, I like this sentence...
"After November 4th, we'll know just how much we've been able to shift" because that is my birthday. I hope America gives me the present I am keeping my fingers 'loosely' crossed for. (Can you end a sentence with 'for'?) Hmmm...

Secondly, I thank you for making that King/Obama connection. I was not aware of this. Wouldn't MLK be proud.

Finally, a big kiss to you darling Reya!