Education: An American Journey
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
It is very difficult to explain what dreams may come. The
current year leaves us with mixed feelings and bittersweet
sensorial imagery. On one hand, the 2008 achievement of Martin
Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in the election of America’s
first African-American President. On the other, the financial
debacle of Wall Street and the Government’s failure to rebuild
a downtrodden economy. There is no easy solution to what may
seem an uncertain 2009.
The discussions in the media are plentiful, and there are
very few optimists these days.There are no quick fixes, and
everyone agrees that the road ahead is bumpy, pun intended.
America was founded on its ability to attain and overcome
against all odds. It recovered after The Great Depression
and the social reforms of FDR. Why do we doubt that it can
happen again? To dream is to hope and long for better days
and a much brighter present and blessed future.
What Dreams May Come is actually a 1998 movie starring Robin
Williams and and Anabella Sciora. In the movie, "Christy"
and Annie have a beautiful life together. However, tragedy
knocks on their door when their children are killed in a car
accident. Annie blames herself and goes into a state of mental
disarray. Five years later, the couple has begun getting their
lives back together but Chris is killed in a car accident.
Then he goes into an afterlife derived from his wife's paintings.
Despite he lives in paradise, he is unhappy without his wife
Annie (Sciorra). When Annie commits suicide following Chris'
death she forms a reality of hell as her afterlife. Unwavering
that they belong together, Chris begins a quest to rescue
her (paraphrased from the plot as printed in wikipedia.org).
The plot unfolds and develops in a web of pessimism, distrust
and cynicism about life and what dreams may come.
Ten years after the movie stormed Hollywood, America finds
itself in a state of distrust, cynicism and pessimism about
its immediate future. There is too much trust in the self
and very little Faith in God. It was only seven and a bit
years ago (9/11) that America redefined its Faith. How fast
we forget? When Egypt found itself throttled by hunger and
famine, a young man was sent to revive the dreams of his family
and generations to come, Psalms 105:17”He sent a man before
them, even Joseph who was sold as a servant, 18 whose feet
they hurt with fetters; he was laid in irons. 19Until the
time when his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tried
him. 20 The king sent and loosed him, even the ruler of the
people, and let him go free 21. He made him lord of his house
and ruler of all his possessions, 22 to command his princes
at his pleasure and teach his elders (21st Century King James
Joseph was a dreamer, and his dreams came to a halt when
his brothers betrayed him and sold him as a slave. Yet his
Faith, despite of the unjust process that he went through,
kept him sane and overcame against all odds. America must
find new hope in its history. America declared freedom while
in captivity and enslaved. How fast we forget? Let us revive
Faith and declare freedom from ourselves and believe that
our present and future will be a much brighter and blessed