Published on: December 20, 2012
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Hi, I'm Kevin Coupe and this is FaceTime with the Content Guy.
So, y'think the world is going to end tomorrow?
It would be too easy. There's so much to be done. The end of the world - predicted by the Mayans to take place on December 21, 2012 - would allow us to avoid responsibility, ignore challenges, to not reach for the stars.
I've always felt that people who predict or look forward to the apocalypse very often are people for whom life in the real world is just too hard. Not in the financial sense, though that may be the case in some circumstances. But just believing that the next life has to be better than this one, so they look forward to the end, hoping for a new beginning.
I've never believed that. If there is a next life, I think that each of us will get the next life we deserve, and that determination will be made based on what we did with this life. And so, we have to make this world the best we can - loving and fair, compassionate and just, peaceful and prosperous.
I think about that as we approach Christmas and the beginning of the new year. I think of it as so many people deal with the impact of last week's slaughter of innocent children and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which has cast a pall on the holidays.
And I remembered a speech that was written by Aaron Sorkin and put in the mouth of Martin Sheen's President Jed Bartlet, for an episode of "The West Wing" in which a pipe bomb went off at a college, killing innocents, and that some people were killed running into the fire, hoping to rescue those who were trapped there. And he said this:
"The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They're our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we're reminded that that capacity may well be limitless. This is a time for American heroes. We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great. This is a time for American heroes and we reach for the stars. God bless their memory, God bless you and God bless the United States of America."
Here's hoping that in the coming year, what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature" are able to achieve some level of peace and justice and love here at home.
Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.
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