Since the build up to and the excitment following the inaugeration of Barack Obama, there have been a flurry of comments regarding the future of the Western world and the elusive man himself.

It has been interesting experiencing this important time in history but what has been even more interesting is observing people’s reactions to it all. To me, and I believe to many others, this man represents far more than just a turn in the Western world’s racist history. He even represents more than simply a right answer to eight years of absurdity.

To watch this man and how he carries himself is a lesson to us all. He has a quiet confidence that is untouchable yet very welcoming. His posture, his demeanor and his facial expressions all radiate this confidence onto others. Not claiming to be perfect yet comfortable with his great intelligence, he is a man who doesn’t discount anything yet has the courage to come to his own conclusions. When he speaks, he commands an audience. Choosing his words carefully, it is obvious that the value he places on the English language, he applies to all other aspects of his life.

All of this, combined with the dreadful state of the Western world create the perfect conditions for real change. I feel the Western world is getting to its breaking point. Mass consumerism and misplaced values have left people exhausted and defeated. People seem to be yearning for a reason to break free from the throes of modern society. You can see it in their faces when they listen to his speeches. It is not just a general hope for the future they are placing in him but a desperate hope to save themselves. I think people are starting to realize they simply cannot keep up with the frantic pace of their own egos.

The hope lies not just in future policies and actions from this man but more in people’s reactions to his leadership by example. People pick up on the fact that in spite of the mess he was left, he has already remained grounded and focused. If he can manage to continue being a strong example of someone who lives a life with true values, perhaps humanity has a hope in actively seeking that out for themselves and that, will create the real change this world needs.



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