I’m guilty of thinking I know what’s right for the country — way too often.
Although I’ve respected our Constitutional Democracy all my cognitive life, I never really understood it – until I realized what I think is good for the country — isn’t important at all.
What’s important is our process, a legal algorithm envisioned by some gifted individuals that makes sure no one person’s vision of what’s right — is ever enforced, while leaving in place a power sharing system that can act quickly in emergency, but only behind a unified and purposeful people.
Otherwise the violent faction is blunted, shunted and redirected until it eventually pops out — not as a threat to the system anymore but an enduring strength. Even when we were rendered in 1860, literally torn to our foundation, the Constitution survived and is indeed stronger for the experience, as is the nation.
These times appear trying in so many ways, and indeed I am tested, but not spiritually or mentally because I hold a bright shiny coin in my hand, Caesar’s face on the one side has been replaced with a script that begins; “We the People…” and the other side has no face, because God is love, not an image.
This coin cannot hold war, famine, death and disease from man, anymore than we can change time, but it does give us the courage and the tools necessary to fight these battles with free will, vigor, and purpose. A valuable coin, indeed.