Damn, President Barack Obama is good.
This from him today at Notre Dame:
In this world of competing claims about what is right and what is true, have confidence in the values with which you’ve been raised and educated. Be unafraid to speak your mind when those values are at stake. Hold firm to your faith and allow it to guide you on your journey. Stand as a lighthouse.
But remember too that the ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily admits doubt. It is the belief in things not seen. It is beyond our capacity as human beings to know with certainty what God has planned for us or what He asks of us, and those of us who believe must trust that His wisdom is greater than our own.
This doubt should not push us away from our faith. But it should humble us. It should temper our passions, and cause us to be wary of self-righteousness. It should compel us to remain open, and curious, and eager to continue the moral and spiritual debate that began for so many of you within the walls of Notre Dame. And within our vast democracy, this doubt should remind us to persuade through reason, through an appeal whenever we can to universal rather than parochial principles, and most of all through an abiding example of good works, charity, kindness, and service that moves hearts and minds.
After eight years of “W,” it’s hard to get used to such a cadanced and mature voice in the presidency. Be unafraid to speak your mind? Faith is ironic? Doubt instructs us to humility? Persuade through reason? Think about universal, as well as parochial, principles?
Do most Americans even know the definition of a word like parochial? What manner of man is this? American politicians aren’t supposed to talk this way, are they?