America, over the past decade, has experienced some of the most challenging and devastating tragedies in its 237-year existence as a nation. During these trying times, many citizens of this great nation lie speechless, emotionally devastated, and shocked at not only what has happened, but what it means for the future. It seems that one can hardly open the newspaper or turn on the news without hearing of someone dying, businesses failing, economies collapsing, and foreign countries threatening to invade our peaceful shores.
However, amidst all this chaos that is going on around us, there is hope for better days. America has always gotten through her trying times, not because of her wealth or her power, or because of her “glorious” leaders, but because she has the strongest sense of community out of all the nations on this planet. Americans are able to come together as one and unite for a common goal. Although it may not seem like that exists amongst society today, look at the videos of the Boston Marathon bombings, and watch all the men and women run toward the explosion to come to the aid of those in need.
I have faith in this nation because that strong sense of community that has gotten America through every trying era in her history is as present as ever today, and it will pull her through this difficult era as well. Challenge yourself to be a part of the great community that is America. Have faith in your fellow Americans, and know that at the end of the day, regardless of faith, orientation, race, gender, etc., we are all thankful for the sacrifices of those who came before us, and we are all proud to be an American.