Tonight, 25 January, 2011 the President of United States of America, Barack Obama, will give his second State of the Union to the American public. In it he will outline his goals for the next, and upcoming, years. Below is SuperForester Mathew’s attempt at presenting a SuperForest State of the Union.
Citizen’s of SuperForest.org, I do now stand in front of you as friend, brother, leader, and dreamer.
The past year has been filled with hardship, struggle, and worry. Haiti was devastated by an earthquake, Chile was devastated by an earthquake a month later, tensions rose between North and South Korea yet again, Poland lost many of its leaders in a plane crash, China was hit with a earthquake killing thousands, Greece fell into economic despair, protests in Thailand met violent resistance killing 91 and injuring thousands, monsoons wiped out 1,600 people in Pakistan, the largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico becomes one of the largest in history, Indonesia is hit by an earthquake, typhoon, and volcanic eruptions killing hundreds, and the Republic of Ireland becomes the second nation of the European Union that needed to be “bailed out” in 2010. This is only a small list of the many devastations that were experienced around the world in the past year.
Yet, through all of this devastation and loss of life one things remains. Hope. In 2010 the tallest building ever constructed by humans was erected in Dubai, the first World Cup was held in Africa to great success, seeing Spain emerge as victors, the first fully solar powered plane flew for 24 hours straight successfully, Wikileaks released a huge number of documents to the public, thirty-three miners were trapped for 69 days in their mine, the international space station became the longest continuous human occupied object in space, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, humans contained antimatter for the first time, and Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize. And these are just the “major” events of the year, I’ll get to the real MAJOR events soon.
What is more amazing, what makes HOPE come alive, is that when Haiti and Chile were hit with earthquakes people from around the world responded with generosity and neighbourliness. When one of us fell down we each extended a hand in our own way, beginning to help those around us recover. It is true that the pain caused by such disasters is still being felt, but LOVE was the response by those seemingly unaffected. Instead of choosing to lay down and give up, we chose to continue on, and to do so in an inspirational way. More and more people are choosing LOVE before anything else. We each have fallen down and each of us has extended a hand to a friend, loved one, or stranger.
In 2010 more handshakes were given than any other year. YES! Indeed this is true. This is a MAJOR event. More hugs were given than any other year. BUT more significantly more hugs were RECEIVED in 2010 than any other year. More kisses were sent to loved ones, and more again received. More children were born into our paradise, and more departed it through death feeling fulfilled and loved. Amongst the 6,895,800,000 people on planet Earth 1000s of TRILLIONS of moments were shared in laughter, in smiles, in friendship, in love. Billions of people made love. Billions of people took a risk for personal happiness. Billions of people gave something up for the happiness of others. Billions of people had an original thought. Billions of people were inspiration. Billions of people made something new and innovative. Billions of people took on a challenge, and succeeded. Billions of people said, “I love you.”
Yes, I do mean billions. For this Union is no longer one of country, but one of Earth. We are a union of brothers and sisters, of friends and strangers, and of HUMANITY. We can list every failure, death, and loss of the past year, and next to it we can list every achievement and success. This, though, does not reflect the true nature of the past year. For these lists, do not show us WHO WE ARE. They do show us what we DO. The coming years will begin a markéd change in philosophy. I hope the two lists above are the last type of those lists produced. Instead I want to make lists of humanity, of human BEINGS. There is a saying that goes, “There are three mysteries in the world: Air to bird, Water to fish, and Being to human.”
Let us celebrate our BEING, our essence, our soul, our consciousness. Let us celebrate that I consciously write these words, and you consciously read them. Let us lift each other in BEING LOVE. Let us CREATE a world of BEING. Let us say YES! to the world and those around us. Let us say YES! to who you are, who I am, who he is, who she is. Let us say YES! to your beliefs, and let us say YES! to my beliefs, and let us say YES! to all of our beliefs. Let us say YES! to the awkward guy in the office that no one really knows. Let us celebrate his beauty and his being. Let us create a world of YES! Let us create a world of BEING me, you, us, and we. Let us create a world of cOmmUnItY (you and I). Let us declare we are dreamers. Let us BE dreamers.
We are one people in a Union of Humanity. Let LOVE be the flag we pin to our lapel. Together we can continue in abundance and beauty. Together as one people in diversity we can create, dream, and challenge. Every individual with their own beauty making part of a collective whole, creating the landscape that is human BEINGS. You each are beautiful and perfect human beings, divinely your own. You are UNIQUE, so let’s make 2011 the celebration of YOU. You have everything it takes to change the world, an arsenal of dreams, freedom of your own being, and love. Use them. Unleash them. Let us unleash them together to those around us, giving away abundant feelings of love and inspiration.
Let us celebrate each other for who each of us truly are. Let us ACKNOWLEDGE the beauty in our daily lives, and let us ACKNOWLEDGE the love in the daily interactions with those around us. Acknowledge without fear, and full of love. Reach into the darkness, and grab that persons hand.
So, my fellow SuperForest.org citizens I leave you with the beginning in a change of thought. I ask you,
How are you BEING today?
Yours in love,
Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love