We Have so Much. Why Have We Settled for so Little?
Crossing the cobblestones at Middle and Palmer streets in Lowell this chilly morning, with the wreathed lampposts and busy sidewalks, I experienced a warm feeling of the holiday spirit.
In this venerable hub city of the Merrimack Valley, there was a sense of a place and its citizens brought together. A perception of people young and old, across every conceivable spectrum, sharing in an enterprise, doing good work.
There was the Sun Santa Fund and the Salvation Army and everyday folks demonstrating a collective concern for one another.
Then, beyond the window of a restaurant, I caught sight of something and was pulled up short. On a TV news screen was the president.
Delivering a holiday message of hope?
Speaking words of solidarity and comfort?
No. Here was a man sadly without charity or honesty, compassion, kindness, curiosity, understanding, or a speck of interest in anything beyond himself.
And I ask myself: Given all that we are and can be, why have we settled for so little?