Plus or minus, in the general scheme of things, there is a deficit of realizations as there is a deficit of the good events that should have visited us and given us some sense of the good life.
Truly, we need to demand from life. And this is a new language.
Truly, we need to demand from our society, community, state, and country. And this is a new language.
Truly, we need to demand from others. And this is a new language.
But truly so, we also need to demand from ourselves so that the vision we have to turn things right might come to a realization. And this is a new language too!
For a dream is only good if gives us the energy to go on, if it moves us, if it makes us hope for the best.
So many of us have been left with only one thing at this time: hope for tomorrow, and hope for the better.
Given this as our only weapon to fight it out and struggle for this dream to come true, we need to hold on to what this hope can offer us, including its power to instruct us of what is just and fair, of what is good and valuable, of what makes sense.
In our resolve, we need to trust again in our abilities, in what we can do, and in what we are willing to do to pursue something grander than our puny dreams and puny selves.
Out there is a world deprived of what we have, things we sometimes dismiss.
Out there is a world that has not experienced our experience of abundance during the holidays.
Out there is another world that reminds us that our world in this country is one of luxury, excess, surplus.
Out there is another world we cannot see because we have been ensconced in a position of convenience and comfort and as a result we can no longer see the inconvenience and discomfort of others.
Out there is another world that does not look like our own—and we refuse to recognize this world: one of misery, one of wretchedness, one in dire need of redemption.
The challenge for the coming year is this: to see once again that this world, in light of the message of hope for us all, can be made a better place for the many who have less in life.
For the many who have been deprived of their basic freedoms.
For the many who have been deprived of the day-to-day expressions of the good life.
For the many who are still dreaming of the blessings of real democracy and true justice.
Happy New Year to all of you!