Alice Walker’s Open Letter to Barack Obama

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  • In Alice Walker’s open letter to Barack Obama on the day following the election, she says:

    I would advise you to remember that you did not create the disaster that the world is experiencing, and you alone are not responsible for bringing the world back to balance. A primary responsibility that you do have, however, is to cultivate happiness in your own life. To make a schedule that permits sufficient time of rest and play with your gorgeous wife and lovely daughters. And so on. One gathers that your family is large. We are used to seeing men in the White House soon become juiceless and as white-haired as the building; we notice their wives and children looking strained and stressed. They soon have smiles so lacking in joy that they remind us of scissors. This is no way to lead. Nor does your family deserve this fate. One way of thinking about all this is: It is so bad now that there is no excuse not to relax. From your happy, relaxed state, you can model real success, which is all that so many people in the world really want. They may buy endless cars and houses and furs and gobble up all the attention and space they can manage, or barely manage, but this is because it is not yet clear to them that success is truly an inside job. That it is within the reach of almost everyone.

    To read the whole letter, click here.

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    1. JH
      Posted November 12, 2024 at 1:00 | Permalink

      Beautiful, and exactly right.

      Life is too short already.

    2. Posted November 15, 2024 at 10:31 | Permalink

      Oh Frank,
      This is wonderful.
      Thank you for this.