History has been altered and although it is not due to the power of one, its genesis is. Each person is a seed that is planted. The seed grows and if nurtured properly by life becomes the full expression of what it was destined to be. Some special seeds have the ability to continue to provide sustenance to the earth once they are in full bloom. So although it is not the one seed that feeds many, the fruit they bear can quench the hunger of the many. Obama has seeded a tree of change that is bearing fruit which has provided ‘food for the hungry in American politics.’ His vision and his voice have awakened a deep yearning among a massive constituency of young voters, who have said, yes to changing the modern face of democracy. They have taken a bite of the fruit of knowledge that has shed light on their desire to understand and believe in who is leading their country. A new tomorrow has been unearthed where the individual voter’s opinion and small financial contributions have a collective power that is much more profound than ever before in history. Suddenly campaigns are not won or lost due to the monetary strength of the few with deep pockets and untouchable resources. Rather, winning campaigns can leverage the grassroots efforts of collaborative young enthusiasts and hopeful other generations, who see democracy as an institution that should be governed by the collective opinion of its stakeholders, not over-empowered elite.
Essentially Obama has harvested a constituency that is raising their hands to take responsibility for their future. Youth has always tended to foster idealism, and age – realism. But today’s youth have seen more than their share of realism from adolescence forward. Their realism has included cataclysmic natural disasters, abominations of war, corporate collapse, political scandals, leadership dishonesty and disgrace, dwindling oil and water resources, and re-emerging world hunger.
So, seeing the world as it is in real terms will not be the challenge of the young. Figuring out to do with the world they will inherit is their more pressing question. Many see others who believe in change as pure idealism. I disagree. Although the cycles of life, cultures, and countries have always endured cycles of change, some are more profound than others. This time in American history represents a profound shift in whom and how our world will be shaped. Now we must rely upon future leaders who are able to galvanize, harness, and execute the systemic changes in business, finance, environmental, and social justice that people desire. Believing that is possible is where idealism will be invoked. Often change is precipitated through fear. While there is plenty of that in the world, it appears there is something nobler which is fueling this movement of change — hope. Many say that hope is not a strategy. That is true. However, hope can be a seed that determines the direct results of what will grow if nurtured to fruition. My hope is people will join together in growing the seeds of change that will be the genesis of a better tomorrow.