Witnessing great history – finally!
I read a lot of history books from the early explorers, the American Revolution, Civil War, and biographies of almost all the presidents. I am always wondering as I read – what it would be like to live in a time of great history?
I’m not old enough to completely remember the Vietnam War, except for my parents being worried about my brother Rob being drafted, the Civil Rights Movement or many big historical events like JFK and Nixon. So, I’m in no way an expert about what makes history but I feel like I am living in a time that feels big. I know there is the obvious, first woman and African American running to hopefully to our next President. Obvious and big. Then there’s our environment, economy, peace, health care, taking care of our kids and communities – on and on.
We have received many emails and inquiries about whether Tazza D’Oro will be supporting a candidate. I happen to be one of those folks who hasn’t decided who to vote for – Obama or Clinton. Our staff is pretty much split down the middle.
I am just happy to witness such amazing and interesting debate. I don’t remember anything like the current discussions both nationally, locally and right in the coffee shop. People are engaged!
This morning I received an email from one of our good customers, Jim Bogen, asking me to post the speech Senator Obama gave yesterday addressing racial issues in our country. Jim told me a little about his experience in times of great history and so I read the speech. I totally agree with Jim that it is worth reading and yep we are making history. Jim, thank you. Click here to see or hear the speech.
I’m going to keep listening and watching and absorbing and paying attention this moment. I don’t subscribe to the “hair on fire” mentality but instead I see many great opportunities to look at ourselves, our culture and our leaders and begin to change in a positive way and maybe save the planet as a result.
Coffeehouses since the 1500’s have always been fertile ground for great political discussions and change. At one point, coffeehouses were illegal in many parts of Europe because political leaders believed that the intellectuals and just regular folks would try to take over or cause discourse. Coffeehouses back in the day were called “Penny Universities” because all members of the communities hang out over coffee and the folks who didn’t go to college could engage in debate and discussion with the well-educated.