Treasure can be found in a framed moment of reflection!
And in this moment of history, there is a man – who carries an image with energy behind his figure that is so immense, its force is challenging, inspiring, and captivating millions of Americans. The man, the image, is Barack Obama.
Of course with that kind of energy, a resistance – an opposing force pulls back against the image, the possibility of Obama as President of the United States.
As Americans with voting rights, and as individuals globally, we are aligning ourselves to the moment.
From: Transcript: Colin Powell on Meet the Press Endorses Barack Obama | October 19:
Of course I am not naïve enough to believe that a person can win an election simply with an inspiring story (image) and or resume. Other factors play a role. A big one being money!Gen. Colin Powell said on his interview with Tom Brokaw,
“Mr. Obama, at the same time, has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He’s crossing lines–ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines. He’s thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values….
Let me make one point, Tom, both Senator McCain and Senator Obama will be good presidents. It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Senator McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that. But I strongly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue, even with a new face and with some changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue, basically, the policies that we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I need–think we need a president who is a generational change. And that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama. Not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Senator John McCain.”
http://www.clipsandcomment.com/2008/10/ ... ctober-19/
From a New York Times Article: The Nation Extraordinary Election Season Nears Its Conclusion -- Written by: By FRANK BRUNI/ Published: November 1, 2008
He also has formed an extraordinary grassroots effort. I even gave a measly three hours of my time canvassing the weekend before Election Day (I usually don’t get that involved with politics). I walked door to door, asking people if they still support Obama, if they need polling information, rides, etc…. I have some interesting stories from those three hours of service (I live in a state that receives attention from both presidential candidates at this late hour into the campaign)!“If Mr. Obama wins by a wide margin on Tuesday, that victory will reflect more than strides in race relations, thirst for change and the strength of his appeal. It will also reflect the power of money, and it could usher in the end of general-election candidates participating in the public financing system.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/weeki ... ref=slogin
Now I am a registered democrat and usually favor policies that one might see on a democratic ticket. However, I am not really here to talk about policies – which of course are extremely important. I want to take another focus. Today I want to talk about the image of Barack Obama – what that image means to me, to America, and the rest of the world.
I would like to share an excerpt from The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling; By James Hillman
Chapter 1: In A Nutshell: The Acorn Theory and the Redemption of Psychology:
Many of us have been captivated by Senator Obama’s rhetorical abilities and life story – but as the election approaches, I ask myself why? What is the mystery behind the image?“Beauty: Even before there are life stories, lives display themselves as images. They ask first to be seen. Even if each image is indeed pregnant with meanings and subject to dissecting analysis, should we jump to the meanings without appreciating the image, we have lost a pleasure that cannot be recovered by the very best interpretations. We have also taken the pleasure out of life we are regarding; the display of its beauty has become irrelevant to its meaning.” (p. 36)
Barack Obama Video:
http://link.brightcove.com/services/lin ... 1797097875
I have my personal reasons for being inspired by Senator Obama. However, before reading about his life story, HIS WORDS – the moment and energy behind some of his speeches, have seized me time and time again. His words cause me to pause, almost like an inspirational poem or a great piece of art would do. (Of course we could further argue, what kind of art a great speech is: proper or improper art – or even if a great speech is considered an art form).
One of the first times he caught my attention was when I watched him speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 when he so eloquently stated,
I think sometimes people down play rhetorical abilities with a cynical attitude. People might say, “Oh, he has a silver tongue,” as if that is a bad thing. People don’t want to be fooled with clever words. And granted there have been powerful speakers in the world that carry their messages with deception and hidden agendas. However, there is something to be said for a person who speaks eloquently – if his words carry a liveliness that is genuine and sincere, I believe people who are open to the message, will hear it. And I HEAR Senator Obama with my heart. Simply because he speaks about and promotes VALUES that I cherish as well.“It is that fundamental belief -- it is that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper -- that makes this country work.
It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. "E pluribus unum." Out of many, one.
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.
Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America.
There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America -- there is the United States of America.”
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/ ... index.html
When I look at the image of Barack Obama, I see him as a force that can bring UNITY to this country.
Barack Obama has said that this election is not about him, it is about us. I have personally seen the challenges people face as they make their decision about which candidate to vote for or even to vote at all. The challenges come in many forms. Here is an example of one:
From an excerpt from an article found on NPR’s website: As Obama Leads Polls, Bradley Effect Examined/ by Mara Liasson:
I would like to quote Campbell – even taking his words out of context a bit, because as always his work inspires and gives meaning to my life. And the following quote is one I think about often – applying it to many areas of my life.“Even so, Ron Walters says race is playing a role in the campaign.
‘The presidency is almost an anthropological leadership position. ... It represents the head of a tribe for many people,’ Walters says. ‘They want a president to be like them, look like them, etc. And to that extent, there's a lot of emotional content about who the president of the United States is. … Barack Obama — part of the politics of this election is that he's been trying to overcome that cultural barrier.’”
Campbell wrote in Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion selected and edited by Diane K. Osbon:
Barack Obama has the potential to guide individuals, who are ready to manifest an “expansion of consciousness.”“All anyone is really trying to do is have an expansion of consciousness, so that the knowing and loving are on greater and greater horizons. (P. 157)
I know this sounds a bit idealistic. However, the fantasy of an image is what makes life exciting and worth living for. Whatever happens after Election Day, I think there have been some psychological shifts in the thinking of this country. And if Barack Obama is elected, I have the Audacity of Hope to wish that he will be a great leader. However, time will tell what kind of leader he will mold himself to be if he is elected!
I am really excited about this election. I like being part of the energy and forces circulating during this time. As Barack Obama said in one of his videos,“There is a moment in the life of every generation – when if we are to make our mark on history this spirit must break through. This is the moment! This is our time!”
As a cultural creative, walking in a new age, I thank you for allowing me this space to express my thoughts.
I wonder what image Barack Obama holds for other people -- I have a few guesses!