We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.
We are at a crossroads of humanity. We live in a time of considerable challenge as well as abundant opportunity. American democracy has led to great advancement, liberties and wealth. We have also marginalized voices and perpetuated inequality and suffering. Must our past be our prologue? No. Our political and economic systems and democracy itself are living things based on narratives we have agreed to historically. We can therefore agree to write a new story of democracy. To do so, we will need a bold renaissance that redefines how to build a more perfect union, that transcends our differences, embraces and integrates our shadows, and that honors and listens deeply to all voices while recommitting to this 200+ year old experiment. Our shared destiny as citizens, as human beings, and as participants in the complex web of life on this planet is at stake. Now is the time for our declaration of interdependence.
We can honor the spirit and revolutionary origins of the nation by reconsidering the ways that we, as citizens of this daring country, can personally and collectively continue the quest, inspiring each other on the journey to the realization of our democratic ideals as we create a more perfect union. The fierce urgency of now demands action, and Reconsider is developing a program to help bridge these divides.
The first phase of our efforts will be the Reconsider Democracy Summit, which will, over a three-day series of civic conversations, workshops, and arts performances and exhibits, revisit our constitutional and founding values. Reconsider’s fervent intention is to inspire new perspectives and ways to engage in our social contract that include, but go far beyond, voting in elections. In the Reconsider model of renewal, recommitment and growth, such personal accountability becomes a way of life that disrupts the narratives that keep us separated and fragmented.
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