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Above is a quote from an article about a recent speech by Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Find the article on Slate here.
If that interests you, read the entire speech, which is equally brilliant, here.

I think I have a lot to say about this, but for now my two initial thoughts are--first, the need for Obama to make this speech shows how ludicrous it is that we have this mentality that we have to conform to one of two political parties. It is as if it's all or nothing, but humans are not made to fall completely into rigid groupings such as this. My friend recently gave the illustration of the Myers-Briggs personality test, and how there's something like 16 possible outcomes for any given individual. So, how is it that when it comes to politics, every American is expected to fall into one of only two (for the most part) categories. Enough on that rant.
Second, in the same way, so many live out their faith, trying to separate it from their surrounding culture. This flows into this idea of being relevant and authentic--instead of living out our faith lives in one time and place, and then removing ourselves to interact with mainstream culture--we are meant to live our lives in faith constantly, and still be a part of our secular surrounding. I love how Obama says it above: to "reconcile faith with our modern, pluralistic democracy."


dblaqone said...

heya moe, look what i found :-p. Sen. Barack Obama is actually from my tribe in Kenya. cool innit? ne ways i'll send you an email when i get some time.