With elections around the corner, the words of Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund seem very appropriate. She calls us to renewed vision and commitment for those who follow in our footsteps. She writes in The Sea Is So Wide, and My Boat Is So Small:
“Children need positive and authentic adult role models as well as voices challenging our cultural addictions to power, money, celebrity, violence, alcohol, drugs, as well as obsessive materialism and individualism. They need to see leaders developing a concept of enough for all, and fairer policies, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. They need adults to teach them how to struggle with complexity; to think through the short- and long-term consequences of their actions; to bounce back from life’s inevitable failures; to learn how not to be lonely when alone; to think, ask the right questions, solve problems, sort out and synthesize reams of information, make informed judgments, and take effective action; to sacrifice to build a fairer and safer world; and to listen for the genuine which according to the gospels and prophets of every faith dwells within each of us.”
May we elect such leaders. May we all be such leaders!