i have the worst seat in the office, the one in front of three tv screens playing 1) fox; 2) cnn; 3) sports games. some days it gets to me, because some days it just gets to you.
on such days, the remedy is robert heinlein's "this i believe" essay - written in 1952, but perfectly apropos 6+ decades later.
I believe in my fellow citizens. Our headlines are splashed with crime, yet for every criminal there are 10,000 honest decent kindly men. If it were not so, no child would live to grow up, business could not go on from day to day. Decency is not news; it is buried in the obituaries - but it is a force stronger than crime.
I believe in the unseen and unending fight against desperate odds that goes on quietly in almost every home in the land.
I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth, that we always make it just by the skin of our teeth - but that we will always make it....survive.... endure.
I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure - will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets, to the stars, and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage - and his noble essential decency.
yeh we got this.