Thursday, January 8, 2009
It is a nothing word, meaningless. It is in fact, not a word at all. Except it is.
To one small community, miniscule actually by today’s standards, it is everything. A group of citizens trapped in a town overlooked by the world. To an entire community trying to find their place, trying to grasp hold of the spinning world and not lose their grip, it is their only hope for a future.
It stands for freedom, and hope and togetherness and teamwork and dreams yet to be realized. It stands for an ideal stronger than self, a belief that there is a greater good that can be achieved if we work together to reach for it. All their differences put aside, all pretense forgotten, these folks, in this town forgotten by the world, stood together, shoulder to shoulder to be heard. But would the world listen?
The Whos shouted that word in unison at the top of their collective lungs. Horton heard their message and took it to the masses. The lesson was not lost on most people. We need each other.