An invigorating discourse was given by Dr. Cornell West, author, activist, intellectual, and tenure professor at Princeton University spoke to a standing room only crowd at Eso Won Bookstore in Leimert Park, Los Angeles on a rainy night November 1, 2008. Just 3 days prior to Americans going to the polls. Cornell gave a luminescent message with the aroma of insight he is well known to express.
His shared bits of wisdom, perceptive thoughts, and words that would move even the most cynical soul to an awakening. This discussion was couple with what he referred to as, "unarmed truth and unconditional love."
Cornell shared; "We are all someone because someone loved us" It is by that love our lives are movitvate. Dr. West's talk was merely made to inspire all Americans seek ways we can look at the past and present and use our individual life experiences to stir change for the future. He did caution everyone that we had to do more than express a jubilant attitude now.
We would all have to make a contribution for change. He noted that "leaders are made by people that get behind them”. This is a candid fact and one to keep in mind as we move from post-election into a new year and inaugurate a new President.
One of the most crucial points made by Dr. West was that some of us are "well adjusted to injustice and the same old social roles" It is easy to become complacent and forget the cries surrounding you for hope, a new light, and positive, meaningful change that affects all of us. However it remains true that many of us do not handle change in a positive light. The ground work laid by many political leaders has left a bitter taste in our mouths and cynicism in our thoughts....Yet; we should consider what Cornel's words ..."we must all dig deep in our souls".
And, whatever we find, hopefully we can become individually people that seek solidarity with others and are willing to give support and love.
Dr. West's new book, “Hope on a Tightrope" addresses "cold greed, blind hatred", as well as critical issues at home and globally, and a refreshing collective of perspectives on hope for the future.
A stimulating and insightfully engaging read that incorporates the arts, social consciousness, academia, prose, wisdom for us all.
Check it out for yourself by picking up a copy at your local bookstore.
Also, check out his website: www.cornelwest.com