Friday, November 14, 2008

Post Election Musings

Peace To The Tribe!

It has been several months since my last post. As our president elect, Barack Obama's campaign took off, I choose to simply take it all in as opposed to getting heavily involved with all the back and forth. The one post I wrote about him was an open letter telling him how as a woman with an African father and an African-American mother, I did not understand how folks were debating his authenticity and his ability to represent, considering how history has inextricably linked the African struggle with that of the Black American freedom movement. Anyway, all the naysayers have been put to bed and the man with a Kenyan father and White mother is our 44th president. Moving right along.

So what happens now? Barack (am I being a little to familiar here?) is headed to the white house and the euphoria that has existed since election night has yet to completely fade away. People are optimistic, but also uncertain and this uncertainty lends itself to the atmosphere, creating a mixture of joy and anxiety. Hopefully this is due to the fact that people deep down inside recognize that play time is over. We all are going to have to become better people in order for America to become better. This has been Barack's clarion call from the getty up! He is not going to sprinkle magic stardust and heal the seven plagues. He is here to remind us what is best about us, and to help us let go of the worst of us and this cannot be done in the twinkling of an eye. There are many who want to hold on the the old guard and those who want something new, but may not be really prepared or really understand the risks involved in creating something new and better. Here lies the feeling of uncertainty. So in fact we have two Americas (more like four, but I digress). The things that both Americas share is fear of the unknown. Neither one of us, the old guard or the new order, really knows how this "great experiment" is going to pan out. A few things that are for sure; whether we want to surrender to the fact that we are all connected and are all one, we are all going to experience collectively the effects of past greed, corruption and waste and we can all experience the benefits of coming together, allowing our differences to work for the collective and learn to allow love instead of fear to guide us.

This a going to take work people, not just outside of us by making "things" better, but inside of us, by making ourselves better. In other words, we gotta "Be the change!"

One Love,

Aisha

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