Today, I'll be meeting with several members of our local minority communities, everyone from the Pacific Islander to the African American groups (yes, there's enough folks to make up a community, even in Utah :-)). We'll be there to discuss projects that have been long under way and various minority issues, as we have each month for several years now.
But today, I'm sure, will be special.
I'm sitting here in anticipation of the vicarious happiness I'll get to take back to work with me, to add to that which I'm feeling directly. I'm happy for my friends who never thought a person from their community could break that barrier, and I'm happy for all those other groups, including mine, to which that barrier now looms not quite as large. Who knows? It sounds impossible to me now, but my kids may see a gay president (aside from Andrew Jackson. I mean, just look at him.).
Say what you will about the political left or right, today means something to all minority communities. It means something good about and to the modern majority too. It shows that our imagination of an impossible to break barrier a generation ago only revealed our ignorance of barriers, of human potential.
Simply, such a step in the decline of racism helps me believe human ethics will continue to evolve towards true morality and the artifacts of our animal past, such as bigotry tribalism and superstition, won't ultimately stand a chance.
Now, let's just hope for a great, fruitful presidency, in practical terms too, symbolism aside. Someone around here (was it Ben?) said a while ago that hope is the agnostic's form of prayer. I'm praying hard.