Sunday, June 17, 2012

"democracy is not a spectator sport"

People who get comfortable in their spirit, they miss what they were created for. They were created to magnify the glory of the world.

Newark mayor Cory Booker (see also: America's boyfriend) gave the Stanford commencement address today. The theme, "Conspiracy of Love," was incredibly moving (and performed in the black preacher motif, including the telling of modern parables, persuasive syntax, calls to action, and intermittent brow wiping).



Highlights:

What his dad would say when Booker was "getting too big for my britches":
"You need to understand something. You drink deeply from wells of freedom and liberty and opportunity that you did not dig. You eat lavishly from banquet tables prepared for you by your ancestors. You sit under the shade of trees that you did not plant or cultivate or care for. You have a choice in life. You could just sit back, getting fat, dumb, and happy consuming all of the blessings put before you, or it could metabolize inside of you, become fuel to get you into the fight to make this democracy real. To make it true to its words that we can be a nation of liberty and justice for all."

Lesson one of conspirators:
In my city, I see that conspirators know you do not go through life comfortable. Democracy is not a spectator sport. It is a difficult, hard, challenging, full contact, competitive, participatory endeavor.

Lesson two of conspirators:
To stay faithful in a world that can be so cruel. To stay faithful in a world that justifiably emotes cynicism.

Lesson three of conspirators:
Conspirators are the ones that show up...we go through life all the time but we don't always show up. We may be there in body, but we are not there in spirit. And we begin to erode the truth of who we are; we fail to live our authenticity. A great president, Lincoln, said that everyone is born an original, but sadly, most die copies. Because they don't show up.




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