Sorry I didn't get back faster - power outage for over 12 hours
Anyway, I have just a few final thoughts as well. Thanks to you dudes who have very logical-thinking minds. In most political conversations I have seen (including those over the web forums), I usually see two sides at each other's necks. In this I see a good exception, a scene that is though not very rare, it is still a scene that is not seen quite often enough. If in this country, our government could work this way, perhaps progress would not be so far off.
Thank you for seeing the ex-phsych major in me. I just graduated on May 8 from Clarion University with a degree in Earth Science and Computer Science. Here's sort of the story to the whole psych thing - I was originally taking student teaching to get a certification in Secondary Education. I didn't quite make it because I was going through grief at that time and I actually thought that the world was coming to an end. In a short word, it was grief from an unexpected set of terrible events that have happened in the last few years. That, coupled with some lack of faith in our world led to feelings of hopelessness and a feeling that my work was futile - that it wouldn't amount to much. I left student teaching and decided to graduate on what I had. Finding a job was difficult at first and for three months, times were hopeless. But, seeing as my problems dealt mostly with my grief, I worked like never before to rid myself of that grief and build up a feeling of hope, even if things were bad. Though that grief has ended recently, I realize the possibility of it returning. Since the onset of grief is as hard to detect as a cloaked ship, I will have to have a sort of 'tachyon detection grid' that will detect this onset.
My situation is much like America's - at every tough turn in the road, everyone at one point will think that there may be no future. The odds sometimes seem to be completely against us - how are we going to make this planet, this country, safe for the future - and if so, when will that time come. With optimism, these questions may not be answered in full and the problems may still be ever-present. But without optimism, I found life to be too dark. Optimism to me is the feeling that there is some magic in this world - and it's not in the things we do or even the things we say, but in how we feel and how we think. Hope, as a feeling, must always be nearby and the resolve to better ourselves we must make our weapon in the face of darkness. Many have died in battle feeling that way, but they have done so feeling as though they have accomplished something. And those who have not fought in battles know that their actions they performed because they wanted to better themselves and spread that attitude to others.
The optimism President Bush seems to have for our nation is a necessary resource, and his predelection for improving foreign policy is a must, but a resource he is missing is a realization of domestic affairs. In this nation, much has been provided for, but I would agree that some things are lacking. But optimism in the light of the uncertain times we face is the greatest resource someone could have at this time. In the light of optimism is the darkness of some of the truths we have seen - the threat of disease, weapons, and terrorists have shown the dark side of an otherwise safe world. When it comes down to it, we just gotta be glad we're alive, no matter how long time gives us all. Along with the prospect of life, we do all wish for an end to these darker times. "But that is not for us to decide..all we are here to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Many will decide to use their time for good while some may decide to use their time for evil, whether because of a chemical imbalance or confusion or because of some other complex. I think one thing that the terrorists want is to belong and they will do anything to show that they do indeed belong - and when I say anything, I mean they will do anything. And we have all seen the 'anythings' that they will do to relieve their personal demons. And that is just one of the many problems we face in this world among the many wonders there are!
We've had a bad start to this new millenium, and it may get worse at times, but hope endures as long as civilization lives. The only thing that will stop civilization is an event of global or cosmic significance - an asteroid, comet, solar flare, or gamma ray burst. There's a chance of that happening, but we will probably see this century through without that happening
Well, the hour is late. Good luck to you folks in your endeavours!