This morning I listened to part of Obama’s speech about sending in 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. At the end of his speech, he called upon Americans to be united:
It’s easy to forget that when this war began, we were united — bound together by the fresh memory of a horrific attack, and by the determination to defend our homeland and the values we hold dear. I refuse to accept the notion that we cannot summon that unity again. I believe with every fiber of my being that we — as Americans — can still come together behind a common purpose. For our values are not simply words written into parchment — they are a creed that calls us together, and that has carried us through the darkest of storms as one nation, as one people.
(Man! That Obama gives good speech!)
This part of his speech didn’t necessarily inspire patriotism in me, but it did remind me again of seeking integration in my life. It also reminded me of a quote from E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End:
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon.
Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted,
And human love will be seen at its height.
Live in fragments no longer.
I think, more than ever, I need to create opportunities to connect the varied and disparate aspects of my life and to connect with other people and species as much as I can. I think connections will keep me healthy and … balanced. If I were one to make New Year’s resolutions (I am not), mine would be to try my best to live my life by this credo.
Only connect …
I really don’t see any disadvantage to it.