“We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed and cared about our neighbors. We put our money where are mouths were and we never beat our chests. We built great big things and made ungodly technological advances. We explored the universe, cured diseases and cultivated the greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn’t belittle it. It didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy…We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed by great men. Men who were revered. The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is one.”
These were the words spoken by Jeff Daniels in this first episode of “The Newsroom” which aired 8 years ago and I find them profoundly relevant to what is happening in what has become our everyday lives. I was initially going to post this video without writing down the words spoken but I thought it would be more powerful if his words were actually seen…
While much of this speech is eerily appropriate today, I find comfort in it, I think because so much of this speech speaks to some very specific problems that we face today.
We’ve never had such clarity in recognizing the problem and the first step in solving the problem happens on November 3rd.