"The Week Just Passed" by, Dan O'Brien
Our culture suffered a setback during the busy week just passed. Many people are deeply upset and there are those who couldn’t care less. The election, of course, is a big story. But I’m not sure it should be. Elections come and go.
Some of the clarity gained over the last five or six decades will no-doubt fade, but the nugget of what was revealed in that time will remain. We know much more about what makes us human than we did fifty years ago. Whether you are an admirer or not, you have been enriched by the mile-marker that was passed last week. We’ve been helped to understand that, no matter how differently we approach life, we strive for the same things. Respecting differences is of paramount importance. If we have learned nothing else, we should have learned that, difficult as life is, it goes on. We are all better people for the era that ended on November 10th. The death of Leonard Cohen should sadden us all.
Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried, in my way,
To be free