I hope we’re all ready; we got exactly what we asked for. Barack Obama is President of the United States and from the way the mainstream media portrays it, you’d think we had just cumulatively climbed out from quicksand to lofty heights in the standing long jump. However, now is when the work begins. What’s that? Work? No, not work, we wanted CHANGE. Right?
Well inside that lofty rhetoric, from the very beginning has been the empowered and empowering voice of self-sacrifice, personal accountability, and nose-to-the-grindstone work that is, well, work! Leave it to the coffee shop of record to add her two cents; in a series of emails, Facebook posts, et al, the Siren has spoken. Well, her advertising department anyway. Starbucks is rewarding community service the only way a major corporation could, by offering back as little as possible. One “tall” coffee for 5 hours of community service. This offer has been met with sneers and indignation, but all this is missing the point.
Aren’t people supposed to do good things; help out at a soup kitchen, animal shelter, political office; because it is something that they are passionate about? I won’t yearn for the 1990’s but we all know how Bubba and the misses met, right? They both went to Yale, but it’s been widely known that they were caught canoodling while campaigning for Edmund Muskie. I don’t know if the canoodling was the result of the campaigning or the other way around, but the real message here is that they were both doing something they were passionate about.
Politics. Participating in politics.
So this whole call to arms of the new President seems a little flawed in that people of this current generation have never had to “want” in the crossing-channels-changing-the-world sort of way that our parents and even more importantly out grandparents and great grandparents did. We’ve grown up in this cookie-cutter world of elevated knowledge and racing to get to the top the quickest.
Even look at Mr. Obama! Community organizer? Senator? He was in the Senate for approximately 700 days before announcing his run for President, but many would argue that he got right off the horse and started hocking hooey.
Not that I mind. I actually admire him. A lot. He’s achieved great things. But I just worry that too many of us are waiting for magic and miracles without minding the mill. That is the point of this Starbucks call to service; that is the point of his inaugural address today!
I just wonder how many of us are listening to what our new President is actually saying and how many of us are just hearing the words that we want to.