“The beaver told the rabbit as they stared at the Hoover Dam: No, I didn’t build it myself, but it’s based on an idea of mine” – Charles Hard Townes
For you city dwellers this collection of sticks and stems is a beaver dam. Over the last forty-five days or so I have watched this engineering marvel take shape as I have pedaled by it twice a week. Unfortunately, or fortunately because they are mean ass critters, I have yet to see one of the beavers responsible for this masterpiece.
What these humble creatures have created is a habitat suitable for their existence. This stream, which was but a trickle, is now a small pond which will offer both food and protection for this beaver family. The question remains as to how the owner of this property feels about this change in the landscape and it is a dramatic change.
For me, this dam represents an analogy of our two presidential candidates. One wants to build, the other wants to tear down. This country has existed for 240 years, and honestly compared to the rest of the world we are still just a kid. But think about what we have achieved in those short 240 years. Our achievements have been based on building not tearing down, on creating not destroying, on including not exclusion (we are still working on this one).
I have no prediction on how this election will turn out. I do know based on all the rhetoric that has been spilled over the last what seems like an eternity by both sides, that on November the 9th half of America will be happy and the other half will be pissed off, maybe even scared. I can only hope that whatever happens, we won’t destroy what we have. Better yet, that we won’t go backwards with the promise that is what it will take to go forward.
Is America perfect? No, not by a long shot but WE have it better, so much better, than the WE’s of many other countries, Russia, China, North Korea just to name a few. In a country this large it is hard to create a utopia that everyone will agree on. But that friction, that back and forth is how you build, how you achieve, how WE move forward.
Those beavers worked together to build a world that will provide for their family. We can too and I hope, for the sake of our children, we will continue too.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss