500-word stanza on American leadership in a globally interdependent age that moves beyond triumphalism by this time tomorrow. If it’s 501, don’t show it to me.
Two hundred and thirty eight years ago a group of farmers, lawyers, and innovators challenged the status quo by proclaiming that “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another.” By asserting that “all men and women are created equal,” they held these truths to be self-evident. Over two centuries later that same boldness, questioning of the status quo and perseverance toward change endured a rich history filled with strife and bliss, ultimately triumphing throughout the world in defining what it means to be an American. But as the world grows in number and innovation and shrinks in proximity being content with how we carry ourselves throughout the international community in the status quo is merely an underestimation. We must look beyond the festivities of triumph and grasp the reality to make history of the present and to pave the way to our future, it is essential that we find a way to work with our allies to expand that network and to keep enemies in history textbooks.
An assessment of our country came during a century of radical division, which would test the cohesion of our nation. Our more perfect Union survived and the words, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations,” still echo today. Two battles that challenged the entire world, and a standoff that allowed us the break down the walls of oppression internationally have the words that still echo today, “ if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.” With these moments in history in mind, it’s important that we realize that as we enter a new era, a new approach is required not only for us but for the entire world. Our country’s duty and our countrymen’s duty as leaders gives us the opportunity to usher in a sense of cooperation.
This world consists of our brothers and sisters, regardless of the color of the skin, the person he or she loves, or the job he or she has, we all have an obligation of support to those beyond the borders of our nation. To do this a mandate of an enormous task is brought before us, a difficult task but one that has remained consistent in the past and the present: selflessness-putting those in the world in need before our own individual desires, eradicating exploitation and lending hands to those who need them. Ultimately our generation’s place in history lies in remembrance of our founders in that the status quo must be broken to shatter the barriers and obstacles ahead.
A 500-word stanza on American leadership in a globally interdependent age that moves beyond triumphalism by this time tomorrow. If it's 501, don't show it to me.
Fun things to say when someone tells you they’re going to go to the bathroom:
- Stay safe
- That’s what they all say
- Different strokes for different folks
- I hope you have the time of your life
- But you have so much to live for
- Please explain
- think of me