There is a lot of cynicism in today’s culture and media. Cynicism is different from sarcasm, for sarcasm is a play on truth and leaves the door open for humor or a way out, but cynicism is merely hopeless. Growing up, Ronald Regan was my president, and the message from him was almost continually on the goodness of America and the light we were to the world. I believe there are nations that share in this responsibility equally with America, so I’m not try to promote the U.S. above other free and good nations — at least not at this moment ;-).
I think Colonel Roosevelt’s message below will resonate with any people who need to be uplifted and reminded of the great responsibility, hope, and reward of being a free and good people.
“On the whole, we think that the greatest victories are yet to be won, the greatest deeds yet to be done, and that there are yet in store for our peoples, and for the causes that we uphold, grander triumphs than have ever yet been scored. But be this as it may, we gladly agree that the one plain duty of every man is to face the future as he faces the present, regardless of what it may have in store for him, turning toward the light as he sees the light, to play his part manfully, as a man among men.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Face the Future as We Face the Present
TR presents both a bold challenge, but also a bold question. As a man, how do you face the present? Do we turn towards the light and play our part manfully? Do we see ourselves as a man among other men, or as a boy among men, or a man in the machine of society?
Well, I think we know what we need to do. Be inspired, brothers, and share this #TRThusday with a man who needs it.
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