I wonder if you, like me, have been following the US election avidly? Have you also been regularly clicking refresh on your device to see if another state has declared? If you have, then I guess that this week you will have learnt how difficult it is to remain patient in these situations and also, how important it is to remain optimistic! For me, I remain optimistic that, regardless of who gets the vote (because, let’s face it, I am less invested than those Americans who have actually exercised their right to vote in historically large numbers), they will spend the next four years serving the people who put them in power.
But of course, I am also a huge believer in the importance of humility so I have been particularly encouraged by what has seemed to be the central theme of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Repeatedly he has told interviewers that he intends to unite the country around their common values, specifically by telling voters: “I’ll be a president for all Americans. Not just the ones who voted for me.” He has repeatedly described himself as a proud Democrat who will be a President for all Americans and, if this is true, then I have a hope that my optimism may be rewarded. If there is one thing that our world needs now, I believe that it is leaders who will reduce tensions, open lines of communication to bring us together, to heal divisions and enable us to hope.
John F Gilmour