National Identity: Discovering who "WE" are in the midst of a Global Pandemic
The United States has long stood for values that have been respected and admired on the Global Stage. As a nation, we were founded on Principles that, although not always adhered to in the true spirit intended, have been lofty enough to warrant continued pursuit. It is that pursuit that has defined us as a nation. Our historical record can attest to the travails that we have encountered along the way and the spirit of intent that has consistently driven us to strive for a nation of greater freedom and inclusiveness.
During the current Global Pandemic, our resolve is once again put to the test. Americans: Who are we? What do we stand for? These are questions that have and always will engender dichotomous responses. Questions for which the responses will have long-lasting ramifications upon the future of our society. As we navigate through the nuances of this Global Pandemic we must gauge the evolution of our national identity via the lens of the behaviors exhibited by the various factions of our leadership in all areas that impact the well-being of our society.
There are many lessons to be learned from our current situation. Our medical professionals have provided a heart-wrenching willingness to put their lives on the line for the well being of the general population. Heroes have emerged in all sectors of our society. People in the frontlines, sidelines, and all areas have stepped up in service. Postal workers, food service, grocery, educators, entertainers, charitable organizations, food banks, students, scientists. These are just a few of the many notable contributions being selflessly made to the well being of our nations.
I have focused on the positive because my idealist nature does not allow for giving space to the negative forces at work who would pit themselves against us in favor of self-indulgence at the expense of the well-being of others. I do believe we are all entitled to our own positions on these matters and so I am making my own known on this page. I do not take away anyone's right to have and or express their beliefs. I do, however, believe that we are at a crossroads of National identity formation that requires full out participation by all in order that we formulate such an identity in a manner that reflects aspects we can all live with and develop into a greater future for all concerned.