Pearl Harbor Day! On this day 77 years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. I'm sure for those alive at the time, that was a surrealistic day. Life as they knew it changed for the foreseeable future. There have been other days like that in the last century, some I remember and some I don't. But if you were alive and aware of the world, I'm sure you remember where you were on these days. A couple examples of days like this are:
- The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963; and
- The attack on America on September 11, 2001.
Why do we remember and memorialize these dates? Because days such as these remind us who we are as a nation. We are one nation, under God, indivisible....
Every other day of our political and social lives we tend towards a focus on our disagreements. Who is on the left, who is on the right; who has the votes; and who has the power. Every other day we are at odds with each other. But on days like 9/11, we forget our differences and focus on unity – our commonality.
I don't wish for tragedy to create unity, but I do wish for unity. Notice, I didn't say agreement, I said unity. Even in times of national tragedy, we still have disagreements, but they seem to matter less than the need to move forward as a nation. Unity without the need for tragedy, oh what a thought. I hope Washington is listening.
A little deep for VUpoint? You are probably right, but Christmas is coming, and a unified people buy better gifts. In case you are wondering, my favorite color is CASH green and my favorite fabric is 75% cotton and 25% linen made to a size such that “In God We Trust" can be written on the finished product. (I don't care what anyone says, cash isn't cold and hard, it's soft and warm and goes with all my suits.)
Buddy wanted me to tell you that his preferred gift is peace and love – and a good steak bone.
So, now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen. On Comet, on Cupid, on Donder and Blitzen. Dash away, dash away, dash away all.
In the next issue, if I remember, I will quote from, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown." Or maybe the annual favorite, “A Christmas Story."
Oh, sorry. I didn't tell you what's in this week's issue. Well, I guess you will just have to check it out for yourself, I've already used up my time.
Executive Director, Big "I" Virtual University