I Am A 94 year old man. Back for AMA # 6.
So it's probably my last. Yet, who knows? And I feel a lot wiser, in part, because I learned from thousands of young people around the world in my previous four efforts (here is my previous AMA). Perhaps it's because of age and the claustrophobic condition of the pandemic I ponder more than I ever have before the condition of the world I am leaving for the next generation, a generation I have committed my life to professionally and personally.On the surface I have reason for despair! I've endured depressions, wars, horrors of commission and oppression. Yet I've also taken heart by the progress I have seen in my lifetime. The arc of progress spoken of by King in the fields of race and sexual orientation have far exceeded anything I might have anticipated.However: the last three years have shaken my confidence. Trump's vitriolic leadership has brought to the surface a flood of festering wounds. A nation that could previously be united in the face of adversity has become further divided.But thankfully my optimism has been rekindled. I truly believe that King's Justice Arc was fueled by the optimism of youth coupled with the wisdom of those who have endured suffering and the vicissitude of aging. As a part of that, I have countenanced gradualism as I pointed to the progress in my lifetime from the Jim Crow, homophobic society I thought would never change.I ADMIT I WAS WRONG. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE LONG OVER-DUE CHANGES, IMMEDIATELY, TO REALIZE THE PROMISE SPOKEN OF FOR ALL BY OUR FOUNDERS.In acknowledging the leadership of youth, I feel compelled to share the insights I have gained from my experiences coupled with the wisdom I have gained recently from weekly meetings for three years from sage retirees.Can it really be true that we privileged whites have FINALLY seen the suffering that we have wrought on “the other?” However I still look to the future with some trepidation. NEVER have I seen such polarization. The past three years have disclosed hatred and vitriol with little success in moving toward a common acceptance of the lofty statements of our founding creeds. While we have FINALLY come to realize the staggering discrepancy in wealth in our society, SELF-CENTEREDNESS and human greed seem to prohibit us from pursuing reasonable solutions.My fear for the future is finding that common source of strength to permit us to work together toward the goals that were so lofty expanded when our nation was founded. What led us to boast of American exceptionalism and creating Shining cities on a hill?George Santayana's quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” comes to my mind as I ponder the exciting future that the present protests promise. And I marvel that it seems to have been nourished and sustained by young people.So, I truly look forward to conversations with more of you, and I invite you to Ask Me Anything.Proof: https://imgur.com/xiScZ8G📷ReplyForward