"Has it always been like this?" That was the question I was asked not quite three years ago, in the midst of the two-week shutdown of the federal government, by a student on my campus. In the years since then, the level of incivility in our political life, as evidenced by the current Presidential campaign, has only gotten worse. I sought to reassure my student, and to do so not with platitudes but with examples. I chose two.
I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Sadie Robertson! Sadie is a star of the hit reality show Duck Dynasty, she was a runner-up on Dancing with the Stars, and is also a New York Times best-selling author, and role model to many. Sadie is a 19 year old making a huge impact on the world with a message she is confidently sharing.
Though it may not seem like much, this week I turn 24 years old. I don't claim to be old in any sense of the word, but I do mourn the passage of time. There is something dangerously real about the revolution around the sun, something that should be remembered and returned to every time we reach a milestone: time is the fire in which we all burn (to borrow from the poet Delmore Schwartz).